Kabale Hospital Biometric Machine Vandalized

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The machine reliably records the employee attendance using biometric technology. It records the workers arrival and departure time in the system by registering a thumb or fingerprint, a card and a unique identity card number.

A biometric machine which had been installed at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital to monitor attendance of workers has been vandalized by unknown people.

The machine reliably records the employee attendance using biometric technology. It records the workers' arrival and departure time in the system by registering a thumb or fingerprint, a card and a unique identity card number.

The machine, which only exists at Kabale Hospital, was installed after public outcry on late coming and absenteeism among health workers. It was visibly placed next to the notice board on the administration block.

However, sources from the hospital indicate that the machine has not been operational for more than a month after it was vandalized. The hospital administration has now reverted to the old system of subjecting workers to signing in attendance registers.

David Tibemanya, the senior administrator at Kabale Hospital says the machine stop functioning after unknown people poured acidic substances in it. He suspects that some members of staff conspired to eliminate one of the most reliable ways of enforcing attendance.

He adds that the hospital is planning to buy a new machine as well as installing cameras for monitoring.
 
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Kabale Chief Administrative Officer Abert Matsiko Mutungwiire says that the district has already advised hospital management to procure more machines and fix them in wards. Mutungwiire says that the hospital will also deploy security personnel to guard the machines from being vandalized.
 
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He adds that a similar machine will soon be installed at the district headquarters in order to curb absenteeism and late coming among civil servants. He adds that once, it is successful; the district will procure more machines and install them at all sub county headquarters.
 
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A Health Worker at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital who spoke on condition of anonymity accused the hospital administrators of treating them like primary school pupils by installing gadgets to monitor their arrival and departure times.  He adds that there is no reason to waste money installing such a machine to monitor adults.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.