Crime

Doctor arrested over shs200k bribe asked to operate on expectant mother

It is said that when the husband to the expectant woman failed to raise the money, he reported the matter to the district RDC Majid Dhikusooka, who acted swiftly and ordered for the arrest of the suspect.

PALLISA, UGANDA: The police in Pallisa district have arrested Dr Jesse Naaya, a doctor attached to Pallisa government hospital who reportedly declined to work on an expectant mother unless she paid shillings 200,000 for a cesarean operation.

In the aftermath of the argument between the doctor and the woman’s family, the husband reported the matter to the district RDC Majid Dhikusooka, who acted swiftly and ordered the arrest of the suspect.

Dr Naaya now faces charges related to corruption and abuse of office and will be arranged before court to hear the charges slapped against him.

Additionally, the doctor who is currently in detention also violated the professional code of ethics and put both the expectant mother’s and her unborn child’s lives in danger.

The woman was eventually operated upon and successfully gave birth.

According to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, the arrest and the charges slapped on the suspect demonstrate police commitment to stemming acts of corruption, bribery and extortion out of government hospitals. “As alleged, our health care system that serves a vulnerable population has been undermined by such individuals,” he said

“Going forward, we will continue to partner with all victimised and vulnerable persons, and other stakeholders, to vigorously pursue those who use government health care programs for personal gains,” he added.

The joint security task force commended the office of RDC Pallisa district, the DPC, the local government, district health staff, the courageous victim and her husband, and the public for their efforts towards fighting corruption.

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