Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has fired nine doctors over alleged absenteeism and late coming.
The Wednesday suspension followed several complaints of poor service delivery at Nakawuka Health Centre III in Busiro, a government hospital by residents of Mpumudde Village in Wakiso District to the president.
Among the complaints included regular reports of lack of drugs at the health centre, absenteeism and late coming by the medical workers.
“Every time I come for medical attention, I’m either told the doctor is not around or there are no drugs,” said one of the residents.
In his response, president Museveni who had visited the area said he no longer wants to see any of the 9 accused medical workers at the health centre.
Later, health Minister Sarah Opendi said her ministry would send new doctors and medical workers at the health centre to replace those fired by the president.
According to her, the health centre receives drugs regularly but they are left to rot in the store instead of giving them to the patients.
However, a section of the opposition members described the decision by president Museveni as hypocritical adding that government is to blame for the poor service delivery in all public health centres across the country.
“Suspending very poorly, paid, ill-equipped health workers of grossly understaffed health units is shifting blame,” said former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.