By: Agence France-Presse
Uganda’s well being minister disguised herself as a affected person and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe at no cost authorities companies, she advised AFP on Saturday.
Health Minister Sarah Opendi stated she wore a face veil and travelled to a hospital within the capital Kampala on a boda-boda (bike taxi) to disguise her id.
“I received many complaints that the staff at the hospital was extorting money from patients,” Opendi stated.
She went by way of regular affected person procedures for some laboratory checks for which she was advised to pay 150,000 shillings (35 euros, $40) “yet these are all supposed to be free”.
“I told him I didn’t have the money but he insisted.”
She was then despatched to fetch the testing strips from a nursing assistant, who requested for cash as nicely.
“I paid her and thereafter I called in the police who arrested the two staff,” she stated of Friday’s incident on the Chinese-built Naguru hospital.
Deputy hospital director Dr Stephen Kyebambe expressed gratitude to Opendi for arresting the employees members.
“The minister must be congratulated for unearthing this racket of extortionists at our hospital. We are grateful. Otherwise patients suffer in the hands of these cruel staff,” he stated.
The follow of extorting sufferers is widespread in Ugandan authorities hospitals, the place medical workers earn as little as $70 per thirty days.