Hospital pays 10 million compensation for nurse’s negligence

BY SANIA BABIRYE

A private City hospital has agreed to pay Ten million shillings in compensation to a 2 year old boy who was pricked with a same cannular that had pricked the nurse’s hand, well knowing that she was HIV positive.

Victoria Medical Center along Lumumba Avenue in Kampala has entered a consent judgement signed with Ruth Mushabe, a mother to the victim who sued the hospital along with its nurse Rosemary Namubiru for compensation.

The hospital has on Monday however agreed to amicably settle the nearly five year old dispute by way of compensating the complainant on grounds that it doesn’t condone professional negligence .

In 2014, Rosemary Namubiru, a nurse attached to Victoria Medical Centre was arrested, prosecuted and convicted of criminal negligence when she used an intravenous needle on the child after pricking herself with it.

Namubiru was however released in November 2014 after she successfully appealed against the excessive 3 year jail term before High court judge Rugardya Atwooki.

Both parties appeared before justice Henerietta Wolayo and agreed the mode of payment. According to the agreement the hospital will be paying compensation money in installments of one million shillings per month starting on 10th February.

Nurse dies after ambulance driver declines to transport her

By Moses Kidandi
Residents of the Eastern district of Bududa have asked the Ministry if Health to take action against the Hospital administration for neglect of duty.

Esther Akello a 36-year nurse at  Bududa hospital collapsed and died over bleeding after the ambulance driver said he only had instructions to drive referral cases to Mbale hospital.

The incident has sparked off confusion at the hospital. Now, Akello’s colleagues want action taken against the driver.
Bududa Hospital serves over 500,000 people from the Bududa, Manafwa, namisidwa and some parts of western Kenya .
 The late Akello who was a nurse in the female ward at the hospital died at the neglect of the of the hospital administration who neighbors contacted when she collapsed and just ignored claiming that the ambulance never had fuel.
John Baptist Nambeshe the Manjiya Member of Parliament  who is also a former district chairperson says that there is rotting behavior among health workers in Bududa district .
Dr. John Baptist wanyaye the commissioner ambulance services in the ministry of health said that ideally ambulance service is supposed to be free to the patients.
He how ever says that the patients can only get to make a contribution when they district finds its self without money.