Medical workers in 14 health facilities in Ibanda were found by researchers, buy more about working without their duty uniforms and name tags.
This is according to findings of a research done between January and March 2017 by a USAID funded NGO, no rx Advocacy for Better Health (ABH) in the 44 different health centres of the district.
The study found that medical workers in one Health Center IV, 6 Health Center III and 7 Health Center IIs had no uniforms.
The organization is doing its work in Ibanda, Kiruhura and Kamwenge, trying to help bettering the quality, accessibility, and availability of health services, by fostering citizen demand and enhancing the capacity of CSOs to advocate for improved responsiveness and accountability by decision-makers and service providers.
Moses Bangirana, the district field coordinator for Advocacy for Better Health told the media that health workers were found to take advantage of plain cloths to assault patients, absentee themselves from duty, mistreat and use any form of abuses on their clients.
This he said is a major factor in influencing poor health-seeking behaviour especially amongst the women, youths and the people living with HIV.
The Ministry of Health Patients Charter clearly explains that it’s a patients’ right to be treated by a named health care provider and in a uniform to enable them identify who the health care worker is, in order to appreciate or report any case of mistreatment to responsible authorities.
Dr Julius Bamwine the Ibanda District Health Officer acknowledged the need for uniforms and name tags saying that up to 247 health personnel in the district have no official uniforms and name tags.
“We have been requesting for uniforms for a period of up to five years but we have not received any. To a few who have them, they have been privately purchased at an individual level.” Dr. Bamwine says.