Dis­guised boss strikes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

UGANDA’S health min­is­ter dis­guised her­self as a pa­tient and caught two med­i­cal work­ers de­mand­ing a bribe for free gov­ern­ment ser­vices, she re­vealed at the week­end.

Health Min­is­ter Sarah Opendi (pic­tured) said she wore a face veil and trav­elled to a hospi­tal in the cap­i­tal Kam­pala on a mo­tor­bike taxi to dis­guise her iden­tity.

“I re­ceived many com­plaints that the staff at the hospi­tal was ex­tort­ing money from pa­tients,” Ms Opendi said.

She went through nor­mal pa­tient pro­ce­dures for some lab­o­ra­tory tests for which she was told to pay 150,000 shillings ($A50) “yet th­ese are all sup­posed to be free”.

“I told him I didn’t have the money but he in­sisted.” She was then sent to fetch the test­ing strips from a nurs­ing as­sis­tant, who asked for money as well.

“I paid her and there­after I called in the po­lice who ar­rested the two staff,” she said of Fri­day’s in­ci­dent at the Chi­nese-built Naguru hospi­tal.

Deputy hospi­tal di­rec­tor Dr Stephen Kye­bambe ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Ms Opendi for catch­ing the staff mem­bers.

“We are grate­ful. Other­wise pa­tients suf­fer in the hands of th­ese cruel staff,” he said.

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