Girl, 8, sues Entebbe hospital, Wakiso district over rabies vaccine


A section of Entebbe Grade B Hospital.

An eight-year old girl has sued Wakiso District Local Government over the failure by medical staff at Entebbe Grade B Hospital to provide her with anti-rabies vaccines when she was bitten by a stray dog.

The minor says she was rushed to Entebbe Grade B Hospital, a facility popularly known for treating rabies in the country after being bitten by a stray dog on September 23, 2014 in Kasenyi village, along the outskirts of Entebbe Municipality.

However, the nurse on duty demanded Shs 50,000 from her mother before she could be treated.

She adds that because her mother did not have the money, she was taken back home without receiving the much needed treatment.

Treatment was only accorded to her a week later after Mundruru, her friend at church felt pity and paid the dues, she adds.

The minor filed her law suit through a next friend Christine Mundruru before the High Court in Kampala today.

She has jointly sued Wakiso district local government alongside civil society organization; Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).

Core in her complaint is that the hospital erred to demand for money before she could receive anti-rabies vaccines which are listed among essential drugs issued by government at no cost.

Through her lawyers of Kabanda and Company Advocates, the eight-year old wants court to issue a declaratory judgment pronouncing that failure to provide free anti rabies vaccines by Wakiso District Local Government that is mandated to oversee the activities of the hospital, is a violation her rights to access to essential medicines.

Similarly, the medical superintendent of the hospital has also been sued for his alleged failure to make a requisition for the free anti-rabies vaccines from the National Medical Stores (NMS) to have the minor and other patients in that same category treated.

The court is yet to summon Wakiso District Local Government and Entebbe medical superintendent to file in their defense before a hearing date can be fixed.


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