NEBBI. A section of locals in Nebbi district have come out to accuse the staff of Nebbi general hospital of favouring the rich patients and side-lining the poor.
The locals claim that whenever they seek for health services at the government facility, most of its medics normally pay much attention to the patients with money and neglect the majority poor.
Speaking during a community dialogue organized by Nebbi district officials on Tuesday, Ms Alice Nyitho, a resident of Akesi noted that every time they go to the hospital, only patients who are rich are attended to very fast while the poor and the disabled ones are ignored.
“There is too much segregation in the hospital. If you are poor, the health workers take their own time to attended to you no matter what condition you are in and instead hurry to attend to the patients they know have money, claiming that the rich are going back for work as if we the poor have nothing to do at home,” Nyitho said.
Mr Stephen Manano, another resident observed that most people now days prefer going to the police health centre III than the general hospital because of the segregation there.
But Ms Peace Nikum, the Nebbi general hospital administrator said may be the allegation used to occur before her coming, arguing that there is great change these days because the health workers have been talked to and they are treating every patient equally.
“People who have severe cases and emergency are attended to fast no matter their financial status. We don’t encourage segregation because this is a government hospital where everybody is to be treated equally,” Nikum added.
However, the district councillor representing persons with disability (PWDs), Ms Doreen Clair Nimungu disagreed with Nikum, saying the situation has not yet improved as she claims since many PWDs are still reporting the same complaints of mistreatment against the health workers of the hospitalNebbi to her (Nimungu’s) office.
Ms Moris Kwach, the Nebbi district secretary for social services said equality in the hospital is not practical because people have different status in the community.
“You don’t expect me to line up in the hospital obviously due to my status and that is why, a staff would like to handle me fast so that I can go and continue with my work,” Kwach said in defence of the accused medics.
He advised locals to always be patient and allow the health workers to give preference to very important people and also those with serious conditions first.