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Police Health Director Furious as Commanders Neglect Sick Juniors

Dr Byaruhanga has since told commanders in one of the meetings to sensitize personnel about the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination to remember that they are responsible for human and non-human resources in their jurisdictions.
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A number of junior police officers have lodged complaints to police leadership accusing their commanders of neglecting them when they fall sick.

Although it is not a mandate of immediate commanders to treat their sick subordinates, police officers say commanders do not inform critical directorates such as human resource management and health services about their fate.

The police officers who have individually petitioned human resource directorate headed by Jesse Kamunanwire and health services superintended by Dr Moses Byaruhanga, saying they fall sick for months but when they return, their commanders accuse them of absconding and even abuse them.

Some police officers say their colleagues fall sick to the extent of dying when their files at human resource management have never been updated. “How can someone fall sick for six months and the OC or DPC does not bother to inform responsible offices at police headquarters?" one of the police officers who struggling to recover from an illness asked. " This is inhuman!” 

The most blamed categories are District/Division police commanders, Officers in Charge of stations, operations and field force commanders. Uganda Radio Network has received complaints that the commanders have been selecting the sick ones to go for refresher courses describing them as lazy.

Dr Byaruhanga has since told commanders in one of the meetings to sensitize personnel about the ongoing Covid-19 vaccination, to remember as well that they are responsible for human and non-human resources in their jurisdictions.

“We get cases of people who have been sick for six or eight months, when you get requests to send people for courses you choose the sick ones," Dr Byaruhanga has said. "You call them ‘malingelers’ and you send them oncourse. But when we go to check them we find they have been very sick.” 

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Police officials say some of the officers have been brought to health facilities on stretchers after being bedridden for 11 months, due to their being irresponsible and insensitive about the life of foot personnel.

As a result, Dr Byaruhanga has ordered all commanders to ensure they include the health status of their personnel in monthly reports. This would help health services directorate and human resource to keep track of police officers’ health status.

Police force officially kicked of Covid-19 vaccination of 20,000 out of its 47,000 police personnel on Wednesday this week. Priority has been given to all police officers above 50 years and those at the 15 porous border points. At least six police officer have been killed by Covid-19 while 161 others who had contracted the disease have since recovered. 

Police usually registers more than 100 police officers as chronically ill every year. The last category to be retired for being sick included an Assistant Superintendent, five Inspectors, 13 Assistant Inspectors, 21 Sergeants, 24 Corporals and 39 Constables.

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