Two-year-old child dies after family fails to pay a bribe to hospital nurse

Two year old child dies after family fails to pay bribe to hospital nurse

A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral Hospital after a nurse demanded a bribe before carrying out an operation.

Paul Wamala, a nurse attached to the Theatre allegedly solicited Shs 210,000 bribe.

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Sh 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. 

He however returned shortly to the relatives asking for an additional Sh180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, central division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation.

 According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded part of the money  Sh200,000  through Mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

Although the operation was later carried out nearly 8 hours of delay, the child, however, died later. The relatives attribute the death to the delay to attend to the child.

Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted in the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations.  

Dr. Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City Resident Commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest.

The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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