Dr Elizabeth Byakwaga, the Chief Resident Obstetrics and Gynaecology told State Minister for Health Robinah Nabbanja, during a visit this afternoon that they don’t have masks and aprons and that even as they work in theatres, they lack basic disinfectants like alcohol.
Postgraduate students of medicine attached to Kawempe National Referral Hospital have
complained of working under the risk of contracting COVID-19 and other
serious infections, owing to lack of sundries.
Byakwaga, the Chief Resident Obstetrics and Gynaecology told State Minister for Health Robinah
Nabbanja, during a
visit this afternoon that they don’t have masks and
aprons and that even as they work in theatres, they lack basic disinfectants
The Senior House Officers (SHOs) were meeting Ministry of Health Officials to
air out their grievances over an arrest of a colleague only identified as
Bwambale. During the
meeting the team said that in addition to working without the necessary equipment
and protection, they are never supervised in the night as their specialist
professors are ever away something that they say is not adding to their
in the theatre alone. We work without help. A senior House Officer works without an
assistant, he has to push and pull alone and sometimes on broken theatre
tables. This doesn’t only put the mother and baby at risk but even the SHO,” she said, adding
that it was disheartening that an officer working under such circumstances was
arrested in the most inhumane way, without even alerting their Head Of
Department at Makerere University.
arrested on Tuesday in a joint security operation involving the police and
detectives from the State House Anti-Corruption Unit as an accomplice to a one
Acleo Byamukama from Mulago hospital orthopaedic department in extorting 200,000 Shillings
from a patient who had been to the hospital for a Caesarean section delivery.
was released a day later, SHOs earlier threatened to strike referring to his
arrest as an injustice since the students were retained even as other students
had been sent back home after
the president closed down schools in march as a way of
halting the further spread of COVID-19.
Byakwaga who was
representing a group of 70 SHOs at the meeting said Bwambale cooperated with
the detectives and helped them arrest the criminal but he was still held and
had charges of extortion preferred against him. They now want the charges dropped.
Olaro, the Director of Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health said that even
if the SHOs are doing a commendable job, they should beware of not committing
crimes or even conniving with criminals.
He promised that
the Ministry will follow up on the investigations and a response will be given
immediately. He also acknowledged that
they are fully aware of the deplorable conditions at the hospital warning this
should be cause for extortion.
Byamukama who was tracked down using his phone contacts following complaints
from unsuspecting victims of his extortion scam is said to be a perennial
criminal who could do ward rounds and would give patients prescriptions.