Wakiso LC5 Boss Defends Medics Against Extortion Allegations

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Wakiso LC5 chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika has defended health workers against allegations that they are extorting money from patients.  

Bwanika says that is not proper to accuse health workers of demanding money from patients when government does not meet its obligations of purchasing the requirements including drugs which are necessary in running health facilities.    

He says that the circumstances under which medical workers operate compel them to choose whether to task patients pay for the necessities which government has not delivered to the facilities in the necessary quantities and therefore not available or to ignore them.

He was responding to concerns raised by the district health management team that reports of extortion in health facilities especially maternity wards have increased which government cannot allow to continue.  

During their inspection last week, the district Biostatician Frank Kakande said that the district health officer is concerned that extortion became a major topic of discussion in the recent engagement held by management at Wakiso health center IV.    

Kakande blamed the health workers for diverting the money disbursed to the facilities under the Results Based Finance (RBF) project to manage the maternity wards to other needs for which the funds are not meant.    

However, Dr. Bulwa Simon Peter, the one in charge of Namayumba health center IV advises government to create a special vote for funding the maternity wards in all health facilities if it intends to stop the habit of extortion. He explains that whenever health facilities receive a big number of patients when the drugs and other necessities delivered by government are less, the patients will continue raising the complaint.

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