The RDC of Arua district should unconditionally withdraw the summons against Nurse Doris Okudinia of Ediofe Health Centre III and journalists covering the story and stop the harassment.
Doris wheeled a patient from the health centre where she works to Arua regional referral hospital that is about 2 kms away, after the ambulance failed to show up – despite her requests and promises from the District Health Officer. The RDC has since summoned her to explain her actions.
It is strange that while the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng is applauding the nurse for her sacrifice and selfless service, local authorities are claiming the nurse acted unprofessionally.
We are informed that the Deputy RDC visited Doris and threatened her for what she described as unprofessional conduct that embarrassed the district. She was allegedly warned that her job was under threat and that the health center would also be closed. The in-charge of the health centre has also apparently been summoned.
A radio presenter working with Radio Pacis in Arua town has also been threatened for covering the story.
It is important to note that unnecessary actions such as driving around searching for people with a group of soldiers and interrogating them for doing their work amounts to harassment and threatens their employment.
Chapter Four Uganda will continue monitoring the actions of the local authorities and any person who is responsible for any further harassment or victimization will be held personally liable under the Human Rights (Enforcement) Act, 2019.