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Absenteeism and extortion rampant in Wakiso health centres, according to report
A new report by the Health Monitoring Unit on the state of health services in Wakiso district cites extortion from Patients and rampant absenteeism as a major concern.

A new report by the Health Monitoring Unit on the state of health services in Wakiso district cites extortion from Patients and rampant absenteeism as a major concern.

The Health Monitoring Unit collected information from Entebbe General Hospital, Kajjansi Health center III, Wakiso, Buwambo, Kigungu, Nsangi and Kakiri Health centers.

According to the Health Monitoring Unit’s Director, Dr. Jackson Ojera Abusu, the low level of effectiveness and mismanagement in these health facilities were reported.

The report indicated that health facilities had rampant, accepted and organized absenteeism mainly for senior clinical staff and in- charge personnel.

Their findings also cite rampant extortion from patients and theft of medicine by health facility staff.

Dr. Ojera Abusu also says the use of abusive language by health workers in government facilities has become the order of the day. Other findings show cases of non-qualified staff running sensitive departments in reported in Buwambo and Ndejje health centres.

There is also a lack of basic equipment equipment like needles, scissors and thermometers, and misuse of hospital ambulances in health centres like Kigungu.

The Wakiso district chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika disputed some of the findings, arguing that government has not provided a conducive environment for health workers.

In August last year, President Museveni directed the health ministry to sack the staff of Nakawuka health centre III in Wakiso over alleged non-performance resulting in poor service delivery.