Medical workers at Hamurwa Health centre IV in Kabale district have come under fire from residents for allegedly hording medicine, negligence and absenteeism.
They claim that each time they seek treatment at the health center the medical workers send them to buy medicine from their private drugs shops.
Remegio Katureebe, a resident of Kabisha village in Shebeya Parish in Hamurwa Sub County says the medical workers also refer them to private clinics for blood checkups.
He wants the district authorities to intervene and restrain the implicated medical workers. Scovia Asiimwe, an expectant mother from Kakore in Hamurwa town council says that she was asked to pay 5,000 shillings for a blood check up before she was referred to a private clinic near the health center.
Asimwe says that she was shocked when she found the medical workers posted at Hamurwa health center in the private clinic.
James Kabatereine Sayuni, the LC III chairperson Hamurwa sub county has confirmed receiving various complaints from residents about the conduct of the medical workers at Hamurwa health center.
He says the medical workers report to work at their own convenience while other even spend an entire month without showing up for duty.
He says the medical workers also turn away patients citing drug stock outs even when the medicine is in the stores.
Brian Twasiima, the chairperson of the International Community of Banyakigezi says it is unfortunate that such a huge health facility has been rendered irrelevant to the community yet lower health centers are performing better.
Peter Turyabagyenzi, the in charge of Hamurwa health center neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.
Turyabagyenzi has promised to investigate the allegations and hold accountable all implicated medical workers.
Henry Musasizi, the Rubanda East county MP says the complaints are persistent. Musasizi says he has received complaints of hording drugs at the health center and wants the matter investigated urgently.
Benon Tushabomwe, the officer in charge of Rubanda East health sub district says they made drug supplies to the health unit in April adding that, they make deliveries to the health center every two months.
Julius Barusya, the Kabale district health committee chairperson says they are considering initiating investigations into the matter to ensure residents get the services they deserve.
He says that it is unfortunate that these complaints are being raised against professional health workers who should be executing their duties with extra care and professionalism.
Barusya insists there is no drug stock out in the district adding that, the health workers are creating the shortage deliberately, which they will not tolerate.