Eight staff from mbale regional referral hospital arrested over corruption
By: Melanie Aanyu
The State House Health Monitoring Unit (HMU) in liaison with Police in Mbale City have arrested eight staff of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital over corruption and mismanagement of patients.
The arrest of the officials followed a two-week investigation by the media, into impropriety at the region’s largest public health facility.
The investigation unearthed a cartel involving some doctors, nurses, clinicians, and administrative support staff at the blood bank, guards, and other attendants that work together with private clinics near the hospital.
The Mbale City Police Commander, Mr Samuel Abbedi Aliria, said those arrested will soon be taken to court.
Mr Abbedi said as a result of beefing up security in the hospital, police managed to arrest a hawker, who has been stealing mobile phones from caretakers and patients at the facility for long.
Dr Ayella Ataro, the assistant director of the State House Health Monitoring Unit, said they are following up the public outcry about the poor service delivery in the hospital.
The Mbale Resident City Commissioner, Mr Ahamada Washaki, said the intervention by State House has changed the situation in the hospital.