Lugo Health Center III receives 3 million shillings from the health ministry after every three months to offer affordable health services to community members
Residents of Migadde Parish in Katikamu Sub County in Luweero district have shunned Lugo Health Center III over alleged mistreatment by health workers and exorbitant treatment costs. They argue that despite receiving quarterly releases and free drugs from Ministry of Health under the public private partnership, the health center owned by International Islam Relief Organization charges them high treatment costs. Lugo Health Center III receives 3 million shillings from the health ministry after every three months to offer affordable health services to community members
Deborah Nalubega, a resident of Lukomera village accuses Mary Asaba, the in charge of Lugo Health Center of turning away a resident Margaret Nakalema after she was involved in an accident with her child because of failing to pay 40,000 shillings. She says that they pleaded with Asaba to administer emergency treatment to the accident victims in vain. She instead called police that rushed them to Mulago Hospital without giving them first aid treatment. Nalubega says that Asaba also stopped them from keeping the body of a dead boy in the mortuary demanding that they pay shillings 15,000 that they didn’t have at the time.
She says that with such treatment, residents have opted to seek treatment from distant Health center or self medication. Samuel Mukooza, another resident alleges that when he went to the health center for malaria treatment the in charge of Lugo Health Center asked him to pay shillings 5000 for Coartem yet the drug is supplied by ministry of health for free distribution to residents. He says that when he tried to protest the fees Asaba ordered him to leave. Mukooza alleges that health workers have also blacklisted members of the community opposed to the exorbitant fees and deny them treatment.
A member of the Lugo Health Center Management Committee, who preferred anonymity for fear of being reprimanded told URN that they were threatened by the hospital management when they tried to block the high fees and demand accountability for the disbursed funds. The residents have petitioned Christopher Kyomya, the Luweero Chief Administrative Officer asking him to intervene and halt the release of money to Lugo Health center. They also want him to order investigations to establish how the money is spent and the mistreatment of patients.
Mary Asaba, the in charge of Lugo Health Center declined to respond to the accusations against her and her staff when approached by our reporter saying that she was busy. Christopher Kyomya, the Chief Administrative Officer Luweero says that despite the fact that they allowed the health center to charge some fee, the money should be affordable. Kyomya says that he has already taken up the residents’ complaints for investigations.
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