Parents who lost their new born child at Lyantonde Hospital have rejected Shs300,000 given to them as compensation.
During a meeting at Lyantonde Police Station, directors of Kyetume Nursing School, whose nursing student allegedly caused the baby’s death, offered the couple the money.
Speaking to Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity since he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the police, a police officer who attended the meeting said: “On discovering that they were being offered Shs300,000 as compensation, the father became annoyed and decided to request us (the police) to arrest the two nurses.”
Mr Jackson Turinawe and his wife Marion Agaba both residents of Kabingo in Kyazanga Rural Sub-county in Lwengo District reported Lyantonde Hospital for being liable for the death of their new born baby on grounds that they failed to supervise the student nurse while she administered treatment on their child.
They also want the hospital to pay them damages for violating their right to healthcare and their child’s right to life.
“We request that these nurses be arrested and charged because they failed to supervise the student nurse while she administered medication to our baby,” said the parents.
Preliminary police investigations indicate that after the successful birth of baby boy, a student nurse attached to Kyetume Nursing School in Lwengo District but on her internship at Lyantonde hospital injected the baby three times on one arm which caused its death.
Speaking to Daily Monitor, Mr Jackson Turinawe, the deceased’s father, said he cannot take the money offered in exchange for his son’s life and vowed to sell all he has to ensure that he gets justice.
“These people without any shame want me to take Shs300,000 in return for my baby’s life because I am a poor man who can do nothing to them,” Mr Turinawe said.
The deceased’s mother, Ms Marion Agaba, wants the Uganda Human Rights Commission and other human rights activists to help the family get justice. “I have heard that the Uganda Human Rights Commission helps people to get justice. Let them come to our rescue,” said Ms Agaba.
The Lyantonde District police commander, Mr Thomas Oyo, said the matter is still under investigation and anyone found guilty of causing the baby’s death shall be brought to book.
Our efforts to get a comment from the directors of Kyetume Nursing School and Lyantonde Hospital administrators were futile.