“As per the decision of top management, the following service providers are supposed to exit from the Coronavirus Treatment Unit- CTU and report to the respective units by November 2nd,” A copy of an internal memo issued by management reads in part.
According to an insider and one of the affected official who preferred anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter, the entanglement was cause by a botched protest by the staff over nonpayment five months at risk allowance.
“With no remorse, I think the hospital is on the verge of it collapse. How do you expect doctors to work under such hard condition and continue to survive without money? We have families to fend but here we are being treated like no bodies really?” We asked for our money but they rebottled our plea with a scandalous redeployment list to intimidate and about all shut us all up but that will not work” echoed a voice in a phone conversation during an inquiry into the matter.
Dr. Paska Apiyo, a physician in-charge of the unit confirmed the development as she expressed worries over the decision of the hospital with its resulting effect on the quality of service provision during this critical time.
According to a news lead from URN, the affected health workers are George Okumu, an enrolled nurse who has been redeployed to the Emergency Unit, Patrick Odong, nursing officer moved to the Medical Ward, Peace Nsimenta, nursing officer moved to the Gynecology Ward and Stella Agutia, nursing officer sent to the Acute Care Unit.
Others are Margaret Acayo, a nursing assistant redeployed to the Pediatric Ward, Doreen Adokorach, a kitchen assistant transferred to Special Clinics/Records and her counterpart Anna Amucu moved to the Nutrition Department.
Martin Janan Okello, a pharmacy attendant was moved to the in Patient Pharmacy while Christine Abalo, a mental health attendant was redeployed to the Out Patient Department (OPD).
Despite the unit remaining understaffed as projected by Dr. Apiyo, Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo, the Gulu Resident District Commissioner (RDC) who also doubles the Head of COVID-19 Task is bold to say personnel in the unit were reduced following the implementation of the home based care strategy for asymptomatic COVID-9 patients as recommended by the Health Ministry.
According to Lapolo, he has already met the hospital administration and team leaders at the CTU to clear the pending arrears to avoid further grievances and friction at the hospital.
Gulu has recorded at least 10 COVID-19 deaths since September. All the cases were referred from St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor or Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to Mulago Hospital in Kampala. Gulu recorded its first death last week. So far the facility has cumulatively treated over 1,200 patients since April, 2020. Over 350 were community transmissions.