Mubende Hospital Medics on Strike over Detained Colleague

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Doctors and nurses at Mubende Regional Referral hospital are on a sit down strike over the arrest of their fellow worker Kivilewo Lamecka.

Doctors and Nurses at Mubende Regional Referral hospital are on a sit down strike over the arrest of their fellow worker Kivilewo Lamecka.
 
Kivilewo was arrested on Tuesday after taking bribe from a patient he was treating. The patient was undergoing treatment for rabies.
 
It is alleged that the nursing officer Kivilewo asked for 70,000 shillings from the patient.
 
A friend of the patient then tipped off police who arrested Kivilewo and found the money on his person.
 
Several doctors and nurses have now gone on strike until their colleague is unconditionally released. The medics argue that Kivilewo has overstayed in detention. They also claim that he does not have a case to answer.
 
The medics who have camped at the mayor's gardens in Mubende town say they will not return to work until Kivilewo is released.
 
The hospital administrator Dr Nkulunzinza Edward says that he is going to meet the medical workers over the matter. He says the hospital will hold talks with police to chart a way forward.
 
Mr Philip Mukasa, the central west police spokesman, confirms that police did arrest the nursing officer.
 
He, however, insists that police will not release the medic because he has a case to answer. Mukasa says he faces charges of abuse of office and soliciting a bribe.

The sit-down strike has already affected work at the hospital as the number of patients’ increases.