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Hoima Hospital Dragged to Police Over Death of Mother

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Dr. Peter Mukobi, the Director Hoima Regional Referral Hospital told URN he wasnt aware of the incident because he was travelling to Kampala and no one had informed him about the death of the patient.
Relatives of the Deceased who Dragged the Hospital Administration recording statement at Hoima Central police station

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The Administration of Hoima Regional Referral Hospital is in trouble over the death of a mother after delivery. The hospital is accused of causing the death of 37-year-old Edita Owimana, a resident of Kakindo in Kakumiro district.

Owimana was rushed to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital on Friday afternoon with labor pains. She delivered around 11pm through C-section. It is alleged that on Saturday morning, hospital cleaners stormed the labor ward and kicked out all patients to allow them to clean it.

Owimana, who had just been operated on and could neither talk nor walk, was left in the ward without an attendant. It is alleged that the cleaner pushed Owimana's hospital bed forcing her to fall off and die lead to commotion between patients and hospital workers.

Colodhine Omuliisa, the deceased's attendant, says the cleaners insulted and pushed her away when she insisted to remain in the ward and watch over the deceased.

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//Cue in: "Nyenkyakara ba thure ni…

Cue out:…wawe agwire hansi."//.

Juliet Asiimwe, another patient, says the cleaners and nurses at the facility are too harsh to the extent of beating and harassing patients.

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//Cue in:"Enyarabya yabu mbi…

Cue out:…Atayina owomukumu yamba."//.

Florence Asaba, another patient wants the authorities to take stern action against the Hospital management for causing the death of the deceased.

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//Cue in: "Abakozi abakoramu bali…

Cue out:…Abakoramu nibo babi."//.

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Ibrahim Asera, a relative to the deceased, says they were forced to file a complaint against the Hospital Administration at Hoima Central Police Station to get justice for atrocities caused by the cleaners to the deceased.

//Cue in:"Esonga etulesire ha police…

Cue out:…condition ki harumu."//.

Dr. Peter Mukobi, the Director Hoima Regional Referral Hospital told URN he wasn't aware of the incident because he was travelling to Kampala and no one had informed him about the death of the patient.

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Cue out:… is going on."//.

Julius Hakiza, the Albertine Region Police Spokesperson told URN that they had dispatched a team of detectives to the hospital to investigate the matter.

//Cue in: "True we have…

Cue out:… at our police."//.

The deceased's relatives were recording their statements at Home Central Police Station by the time of publishing this story. 

The incident comes barely a week after president Museveni instituted a team of led by Dr. Joyce Moriko Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Health Care to investigate reports of harassment, mistreatment, torture, extortion and corruption among staff at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital. 

The team is yet to issue a report from its findings and present it to the president for action against the implicated officers.