BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
MASINDI: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021
Ten days after warning the proprietor of Community Medical Centre, a private health facility in Masindi town of a possible closure over two maternal deaths, the authorities in Masindi district have made good of their promise.
Last Wednesday, Rose Kirabira Kobusinge, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) took the drastic measure to shut down the health centre, maintaining that its managers were responsible for the demise of those expectant mothers whom they allegedly delayed unnecessarily when they knew that they do not have an operating theater for cesarean section at the facility.
Community Medical Centre is operated by Dr Leonard Kadima, the in-charge of the female ward at Masindi general hospital.
The closer followed a hot engagement meeting involving the Masindi district chairperson, the district health officer, the in charge of health centres in Masindi district, media and others at the District Health Officer’s resource center.
The officials also alleged that Dr Kadima was operating illegally since he was not licensed by Uganda Medical Council since 2019.
“If it wasn’t the two maternal death, we couldn’t know Community Medical Centre is operating illegally. Let his business be closed with immediate effect,” she instructed.
She however said that Dr Kadima will be allowed to continue working at Masindi general hospital where he is a salaried staff.
Dr Kadima’s plea that his business has recently being cleared by the medical council to operate fell on deaf ears.
District health officer Dr Patrick Baguma said Dr Kadima has a license that was issued last week after receiving the warning to have his business closed.
Besides documents for processing the license were backdated and signed by the former DHO Dr John Turyagaruka, further raising suspicion about the veracity of the license document.
Meanwhile the Masindi Chief Adminstrative officer, Fiona Sanyu has confirmed that the ministry of health has taken over investigations into the death of the two mothers who died in a space of one week.
Without disclosing the identity of the said deceased mothers, Sanyu the investigations have been widened to also cover maternal deaths at Masindi hospital and Bwebaja health centre IV.
According to the record of Dr Baguma, last year 14 pregnant mothers diet from Masindi hospital during labour and between January and august, four maternal deaths were recorded while Bwebaja recorded one maternal death this year.
The health workers are also being reportedly probed for unethical behavior such as extorting money from patients, late opening and absenteeism and other malpractices.
However, all the government health workers in the meeting denied extorting money from patients and the other alleged vices.
In his remarks, the district LC5 chairman, Cosmas Byaruhanga, warned health workers against taking matters of life lightly and told them to revise ethical code of conduct.