Letter: Abim nurse risks sacking over Besigye


FDC Presidential candidate talking to  a patient in Abim hospital yesterday

A senior nurse at Abim hospital in Abim District northern Uganda faces disciplinary action for allowing FDC candidate, Kizza Besigye, into the infirmary.

Sr Adong Santina was served with a suspension letter a day after Besigye visited the hospital on his campaign trail in northern region.

In a letter dated December 7, 2015, Abim chief administrative officer, Moses Kaziba, asked Santana to explain why she associates with politicians and why she was disclosing “medical secrets” as opposed to the ethics and conduct of her profession.

The letter written through the District Health Officer and RDC Mpimbaza Hashaka shows that disciplinary proceedings are already underway.

“As a Senior Nursing Officer you were on Saturday December 5th in charge/supervisor of all staff on evening duty in Abim hospital as indicated in the duty roaster on the Abim hospital Notice board.”

Unfortunately, continues Kaziba, on Saturday 5th December 2015 on NTV, “you were seen on the screen leading political leaders throughout the hospital and showing them working status and general condition of the hospital”.

“You went further and revealed unauthorised information. You should remember that you signed an Oath of Secrecy and Oath of Allegiance and in particular you vowed not to reveal any unauthorised information.”

Kaziba said the Standing Orders emphasise a number of issues such as communication, barring civil servants from political activities, etc.

“Against this background, you should show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against you for revealing unauthorised information.”

He demanded a response within seven days from date of this letter.

Kaziba is the hilarious fellow who in April 2015, told MPs that vouchers for over Shs900m were eaten by termites when asked to account for the lost money.

Government has now announced that Shs700 million has been disbursed to renovate the rotten health facility.

Hashaka said the deal was given to Pearl Globe Engineering Limited to carry out renovation work expected to be complete by June 2016.

Upon completion of the renovation works, the hospital is expected to have an average capacity of 1,400 for out patients and 120 admissions.

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