Teso Minister Stops Suspension of Soroti Intern Doctors

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However, Amongin said she was dissatisfied by the explanation given by the human resource manager saying there was no evidence to back the accusations against the intern doctors.

Christine Helen Amongin Aporu, the state minister for Teso affairs has indefinitely deferred the suspension of three intern doctors at Soroti Regional Referral hospital.  The affected medical workers are Dr. Samuel Oluka, Dr Nasser Muzaaya and Dr. Jennifer Ajwok. The trio was suspended on January 10th by Dr Emmanuel Batibwe, the Director Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for six months on allegations of extortion.
 
In his letter, a copy of which URN has seen, Dr Batibwe ordered the intern doctors to vacate the hospital and Doctors mess with immediate effect or risk being arrested. As a result, Christine Helen Amongin Aporu, the state minister for Teso affairs convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening in the hospital boardroom.  During the meeting, Dr Peter Eriaku, the Kapelebyong county MP said the suspension of the intern doctor was seemingly connected to their strike over delayed payment of their December allowances. He asked the meeting to forgive the intern doctors.
 
Ely Tumwine, the District Internal Security Officer Soroti in his brief said Soroti Regional Referral Hospital is dodged with several problems, which require immediate attention. Tumwine said there were various complaints from the public about the quality of service at the hospital. He also said despite the fact the intern doctors could have erred their suspension should be lifted for the good of the patients.
 
George Michael Egunyu, the Soroti LC V Chairperson faulted the Hospital director for disregarding procedure before he took the decision to suspend the intern doctors. He revealed that the decision to suspend any officer at the hospital lies with the board and not hospital administration. Amongin tasked Joshua Pade, the human resource officer to explain how they arrived at the decision to suspend the intern doctors.
 
In his response Pade said they suspended the intern doctors following repeated warnings to stop extorting money from patients in vain. However, Amongin said she was dissatisfied by the explanation given by the human resource manager saying there was no evidence to back the accusations against the intern doctors. She therefore lifted their suspension and advised the hospital administration to address outstanding problems.
 
 
 
 

 

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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.