Police in Mityana have arrested four Mityana Hospital staff following the death of a mother who was reportedly neglected last week after she failed to raise Shs5,000 for her medical care.
The suspects, who were arrested on Wednesday, include a senior doctor and an intern doctor who were on duty at the time the incident took place.
Others arrested are the hospital pharmacist and a storekeeper.
Last week on Monday, Angella Nansubuga died shortly after giving birth in the Mityana Hospital maternity ward.
It is alleged that Nansubuga was asked to pay Shs5,000 to buy medicine which she could not raise that night. Unfortunately, Nansubuga died a few hours later.
Mr Allan Twishima, the head of criminal investigations at Mityana Police Station, said they had opened a death inquiry file, but did not give details of charges they intend to prefer against hospital staff.
Meanwhile, the hospital medical superintendent, Dr Vincent Kawooya, has also been summoned by police to explain why the staff at the hospital continue to ask patients to buy essential drugs from private pharmacies outside the hospital yet the hospital has drugs in its stores.
The summons follows an impromptu inspection by the State House Medicines and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit at the hospital.
The team led by Dr Elijah Ssemaganda, a member of State House Monitoring Unit, visited the hospital following the incident.
Dr Ssemaganda said he had been told by a number of patients that they had been directed to buy medicine from outside drug shops yet they didn’t have the money.
Dr Ssemaganda then contacted Dr Kawooya and the Mityana District chairperson, Mr Joseph Luzige, who later inspected the hospital stores and discovered that all the essential drugs the patients are being asked to buy outside the hospital were available and some had even expired.
Mr Luzige blamed the hospital staff for not caring about the patients yet they hoard essential medicines in stores.
“It’s a pity that this is what is happening in this big hospital where people expect better services. We need to find out why the staff keep sending patients outside to buy the drugs,” he said.
There is suspicion that some of the medical staff withhold the drugs with intentions of using them in their private clinics or selling them to private pharmacies in Mityana and Mubende towns.
In 2010, President Museveni established the State House Health Monitoring Unit to check the theft of medical supplies from public health facilities and stop misconduct by some medics.
In December 2015, authorities in Lwengo District suspended four medical officers in connection with theft of government drugs.
In 2014, the unit revealed that many government medicines, especially those stolen from health centres, are being sold to DR Congo, South Sudan and Kenya.