Health
Tororo to close illegal laboratoriesPublish Date: Feb 23, 2014
Tororo to close illegal laboratories
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Faustine Odeke

The state minister for primary healthcare, Sarah Achieng Opendi, has directed the Allied Health Professional Council to close all unlicensed private laboratories.


Opendi said patients referred to such laboratories keep having their ailments wrongly diagnosed.

“When we visited Mukuju Health Centre IV, I was shocked to learn that patients are being referred to private laboratories in town. This should stop immediately,’’ Opendi said during a meeting at Tororo General Hospital with disgruntled medical officers.

The officers have given the Government 14 days to pay their three-month salary arrears or else they lay down their tools.

The message was contained in their memorandum presented to the minister and the parliamentary forum on women affairs, by their representative, Stella Agimbe.

She said since December 2013, they have not received any communication concerning the salary delays, something she claims has caused them a lot of stress.

The medical staff said failure to get their salaries has subjected them to suffering, including failure to pay school fees for their children and to provide food for their families. The parliamentary committee headed by Dr. Michael Lulume Bayiga, the Buikwe South MP, toured the facility.

During the tour, they learnt that the hospital had inadequate staffing, a broken X-ray machine and inadequate and stinking toilets, among other problems. Kennedy Otiti Adhola, the hospital’s board chairperson, who doubles as the area RDC, told the committee that the medical staff need to be appreciated for giving the Government a long grace period of 14 days.

Otiti lamented that people have encroached on the hospital’s land with impunity to the extent that they have constructed buildings and are living peacefully without anybody challenging their actions. Adhola revealed that during the next financial year, they intend to procure and install a water harvester and solar power systems to reduce utility bills.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
MPs, CSOs want  Primary Health Care funding increased
MPs and Civil society organizations (CSOs) are demanding for an additional funding of Sh39billion to facilitate health centers II, III and IVs....
Non communicable diseases are a big threat
Emily Katarikawe, the Uganda Health Marketing Group (UHMG) managing director has described non-communicable diseases — that include, among others, cancer and hypertension — as the new problem threatening humanity the world over that needs “immediate” attention....
Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women
A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women, a study shows....
Doctors remove 232 teeth from boy
Doctors in a hospital in India have removed as many as 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy....
China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald
Shanghai has shut a factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald's and KFC....
Search for AIDS cure pushes ahead despite setbacks
Scientists have owed to press ahead with their quest for a cure for AIDS, despite losing a veteran colleague and suffering a setback in research....
Should private schools and institutions be given tax exemption?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter