VIDEO: Minister disguised herself as patient, catches these corrupt hospital workers collecting bribe

Minister disguised patient catches corrupt hospital workers collecting bribe

Uganda’s health minister, Sarah Opendi disguised herself as a patient and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe for free government services.

According to what Ghpage.com gathered she wore a face veil and traveled to a hospital in the capital Kampala on a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) to disguise her identity.

The practice of extorting patients is common in Ugandan government hospitals, where medical workers earn as little as $70 per month.

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

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She went through normal patient procedures for some laboratory tests for which she was told to pay 150,000 shillings (35 euros, $40) “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.

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“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 Opendi for arresting the staff members.

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“The minister must be congratulated for unearthing this racket of extortionists at our hospital. We are grateful. Otherwise, patients suffer in the hands of these cruel staff,” he said.

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