A health worker at Nakifuma Health Centre III in Mukono district is in the spotlight for reportedly forging a medical report on a boda boda accident victim.
Sarah Namakula allegedly made the medical report to police without ever examining the victim, Nsubuga Amiru Mitanda.
The report came on June 20th, almost a month after the accident.
On May 28 this year, Mitanda 33, a businessman at Kalerwe and resident of Nakasajja in Mukono district, was knocked by a speeding motor cycle Bajaj number UED 634M belonging to a one Matia Ssentamu. At the time of the accident Mitanda was walking on a pavement in Nakasajja town.
Police arrived on the accident scene and rushed Mitanda to St Francis Naggalama Hospital. They also took the motorcycle, first to Nakasajja police post and later to Naggalama police station, where it is till today.
An examination conducted by a clinician named Lumu revealed that Mitanda suffered fractures in both the tibia and fibula bones of his right leg. This was on May 29, just a day after the accident.
Two days after being admitted at Naggalama and after knowing his fate, Mitanda asked for a referral to Mulago Hospital, which was granted. The patient left Naggalama and went back home as he looked for money to go to Mulago. In the meantime, he engaged the services of traditional healers.
Mitanda, who has now been down for three months, says he has never met the doctor who claims to have examined him about the report.
Mitanda says he once tried to get another doctor to examine him but that he failed to raise one hundred and fifty thousand shillings for the exercise. A female doctor only identified as Lucy, who owns a clinic in Nakasajja town, had reportedly asked Mitanda to raise the money as payment for a stamp from Mulago Hospital where she works.
However, we could not independently verify this claim as the telephone contacts of a “Doctor Lucy” we got from Mitanda were unavailable. At Lucy Clinic in Nakasajja where Mitanda claims Dr Lucy works, staff told our reporter that the doctor comes only in the evening hours.
After failing to raise the money, Matia Ssentamu advised Mitanda that he knew someone who would sign the form minus examining the patient.
The report was presented to Naggalama Police Station as part of the requirements to have the motorcycle released.
Assistant Inspector of Police Boaz Arinaitwe, the officer in charge of traffic at Naggalama police station, says police recorded an accident case under reference number SD 02/29/05/016 on May 29th 2016.
Arinaitwe says police asked the owner of the motorcycle to produce the rider or take care of the medical bills of the victim and report back to take the motorcycle after the patient is in good health.
The rider only identified as Lwanga fled the scene after the accident and has since been on the run.
Asked about how he handled the case, Arinaitwe says as police they tried broker an agreement between the victim and the owner of the motorcycle. He explains that police asked Wasswa Matia Ssentamu to either produce Lwanga or settle with the patient. Ssentamu, according to Arinaitwe, chose the latter. “We are surprised to hear that the patient was neglected,” Arinaitwe says before adding: “We are going to follow up the case immediately. We cannot release this motorcycle.”
He however distances himself and the police from the said medical report saying: “Our role was to provide the police medical form to the victim to take to a medical worker in a public hospital for examination. I remember it was his wife who came here for the forms.”
After accepting the police proposal, police sent Mitanda and Ssentamu to Abu Matovu, the local council one chairperson to agree on how the latter was to pay the former’s medical bills and other necessities. When contacted today, Matovu said he was on his way to Naggalama police station to meet both parties, without giving details.
Mitanda says it started well until a month later when Ssentamu withdrew his support.
Ssentamu however denies neglecting the patient saying it was out of a misunderstanding and failure to have a signed agreement as he lacked motivation to do so.
At the time of filing this report, Mitanda, his wife and Ssentamu were back at Naggalama Police Station to iron out their differences.
In a phone interview, Sarah Namakula admits signing the report though she says she used x-ray scans from Naggalama Hospital to make her report. “I used an x-ray screen and that is allowed,” she says.
Mutanda’s wife Aisha Nanyombi says she is undergoing hardships providing for the family since the main bread winner is nolonger working. Nanyombi, 23, is mother of two and she’s expecting her third child. She says they survive on handouts from good-hearted neighbours and friends who give them what to eat as she cannot leave a patient to go to work.
Sending children to school has also become a problem, according to Nanyombi.