Five health workers at Buhimba Health Centre 3 in Buhimba Town Council, Kikuube District were today (Friday) directed to record statements at Buhimba police post over late coming.
The five who include the in charge of the facility, George William Rukamagwa, Jennifer Kwikiriza, Vincent Kyomuhendo, Rosette Bonabaana and Alex Kyomuhangi were told to record statements by Mr Amlan Tumusiime, the area Resident District Commissioner (RDC) after he observed that the health caregivers had not arrived at the health facility in time.
Mr Tumusiime’s action followed numerous reports that trickled into his office with residents accusing the health workers of being unpunctual, putting the lives of patients at risk.
They were those complaints that forced him to pay an impromptu fact-finding visit to the facility where he arrived at 8am only to find that Mr Langton Ayesiga, the Records Assistant was the only staff who had arrived in time.
While there, patients waited for the health caregivers who started arriving for duty at 10am sending the RDC into rage and directed them to record statements over their late coming.
“I came here to work. As long as I am here, I will not tolerate any kind of neglect of work. People want proper service delivery”. Said Mr Tumusiime.
The Buhimba Town Council Chairman, Mr Musa Mugisa, attributed the vice to friction between Rukamagwa – the in charge of the health facility and his junior staff with former disrespecting the latter.
He said Rukamagwa’s insolence disheartens his fellow staffers resulting in incompetence at work.
The politician added that such a tendency forced the authorities in the town council to debate on the matter.
Some patients who talked to the press said that it has become a habit for the health workers at the facility to report on duty as late as 10am and retire as early as 3pm.
The patients said this has coerced some people to resort to private health clinics.