Health & Fitness

IHK holds patient hostage over medical bill

International Hospital Kampala

International Hospital Kampala

Family members of an accident victim admitted at the International Hospital Kampala have petitioned the Uganda Medical and Dental practitioners Council accusing the health centre of holding their patient hostage 10 days after he was discharged over a balance of Shs18m of his medical bill.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development in conjunction with Rose Obiga filed a case with the High Court in Kampala for an emergency order for the release of Patrick Obiga who has reportedly been detained at the IHK based in Namuwongo, Kampala.

Obiga, an assistant operations officer with Hash Security while on duty supervising his colleagues on August 4 got an accident and was reportedly rushed to IHK unconscious for an emergency surgery.


The operation was successful and the doctors reportedly cleared him off medication and recommended his discharge on August 22.

“However, Obiga’s bill had grown to the tune of more than Shs38 million. His family was able to raise Shs20 million paid in periodic instalments during his stay at IHK,” read part of the statement.

However, the hospital has reportedly continued to detain Obiga even when he asked to leave and go look for the balance.

His relatives claim to amounts to torture which is unconstitutional and therefore want the medical council to pronounce itself on the case and also review all the patient files at the hospital.


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