There was tension at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and private Laboratory operators on Wednesday morning after the Police and State House health monitoring unit stormed the facilities and arrested fifteen staff over alleged corruption, and abuse of office among others.
In the operation carried out in the week, the state House health monitoring unit arrested a total of 23 health workers both in Mbale regional hospital and private clinics in Mbale City.
The state house health monitoring unit led by Assistant Director Ayella Ataro was investigating alleged corruption and abuse of office by hospital workers.
The facility was paralyzed as Police searched the area for more suspects. Many student nurses were seen running out of the hospital as patients and their carers looked on.
Mbale Resident City Commissioner Ahamad Washake led the Police in an operation after the State House Health Monitoring Unit which has been camping at the hospital unearthed incidents of mismanagement.
Washaki said, some private Laboratories like Eastlink Lab, Marie stopes Uganda, MBN Lab, Ebenezer Clinical Laboratory, Doko grace, etc have closed due to a lack of operational standards.
“I want to assure the public that the operation is still ongoing and more will be arrested,” Washaki warned.
The Elgon region police spokesperson Rogers Taitika in a press briefing confirmed that they have arrested 15 Health workers from private clinics and are at Mbale CPS as investigations continue.
Taitika said some were found operating clinics without licenses, some have no qualifications, and others are using expired reagents.