A doctor at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital is in trouble for asking for a bribe of 100,000 Shillings before discharging a body for burial. Mbale Resident City Commissioner-RCC Ahamada Washaki asked the police to arrest Simon Opio, after he received the report about the matter.
He issued the directive to the police while addressing journalists at his office at Mbale regional block.
Washaki says that Antony Mutenyo, a resident of Mbale City Northern Division took a patient at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital last week. Unfortunately, the patient passed on. Mutenyo then asked Dr. Opio to write him a discharge form to hire a vehicle to transport the body for burial.
It is alleged that the doctor refused to discharge the body and demanded a bribe of Shillings 100,000. Mutenyo reportedly failed to raise the money and called the RCC to him 100,000 Shillings to pay off the doctor to discharge the body.
Washaki then decided to storm the hospital to face off with Opio but found that he had left and turned off his mobile phone.
He has now asked the police to arrest Opio to serve as an example to other medical workers at the hospital who are turning the image of the government through extortion.
According to Patrick Kumili the Senior Administrator at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital, Opio is an intern doctor. He said that they are also investigating the allegations, saying that once proven, they summon Opio to the disciplinary committee to defend himself.