NEBBI. A committee formed to investigate mismanagement of Nebbi general hospital has failed to start its work close to a year after it was formed.
While the district councilors have blamed the impasse on the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mr Geoffrey Okaka for failing to release money to the committee to start its work, the CAO instead blamed the situation on lack of money in the district coffers.
The community services and gender committee of the district council in May this year was tasked by the district council to investigate what the council called a series of consistent cases of negligence of duty by the hospital staff which in most cases resulted into deaths of mothers.
The most recent case was the death of a mother, whose relatives accused the hospital superintendent Dr Charles Kissa of neglecting her at the time of need. Though Dr Kissa defended himself against the allegation that the mother had disappeared from her bed and was not present when her time for operation was up, it fell on the deaf ears of the councilors who wanted him indicted.
The committee chairman, Mr Gabriel Ocibre said there are so many allegations of mismanagement and questionable behaviors going on at the hospital which affects service delivery to the population of which the council is not informed.
“The probe committee was formed to help in investigating the rot in the hospital and report to the council but we are surprised that even up to now the CAO is still telling us that there is no money”, Ocibre said.
Mr Focus Warom, councilor for Parombo Sub County to the district vowed to provide his personal money to the committee if the CAO fails to release money for the committee.
He said it was for the good of the people that investigations are done and solutions found for the consistent bad news received from the health facility.
Mr Okaka said “I acknowledge that the probe committee has delayed to start work but there is no money, we are working hard to see that they start their work soon”.
Though the committee had earlier recommended for the suspension of Dr Kissa, the CAO said such a decision was only a preserve of the district service commission.
The committee had wanted a formal commitment from the CAO that funding to the probe committee would be done but he failed to commit himself.