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Ruhaama Candidate Fails to Deploy Polling Agents


Vastine Orishaba, one of the candidates in the ongoing Ruhaama county parliamentary bi-elections in Ntungamo district has failed to deploy agents at polling stations. Each candidate is required to deploy polling agents to monitor the voting exercise and endorse the result declaration forms.

However, Orishaba, who hails from Ruhaama Sub County, has no polling agents to represent her interests at polling stations visiting by our reporters. Reports from all polling stations in 8 sub counties and 3 town councils show that Orishaba didn't deploy any campaign agents.

A source from Electoral Commission told PRIME RADIO on condition of anonymity that Orishaba, who contested as an independent candidate, didn't hold any rallies despite having submitted a campaign program. Some of the voters in the area told PRIME RADIO that they were not aware that Orishaba was one of the candidates.

Alex Baryamujura, a voter from Kahunga in Ntungamo Sub County, says Orishaba didn't campaign in their area. Feddy Tugumizemu, another voter says she once heard that Orishaba was a candidate but neither saw her or her agents.

Efforts by PRIME RADIO to get a comment from the candidate were fruitless as her known phone number was unavailable. The Ruhaama County MP seat fell vacant on November 4th, 2017 following the death of the incumbent legislator, William Beijukye Zinkuratire.

The race has attracted four candidate's including

NRM's Moses Mugabe Kahima, Engineer Jackson Mubangizi, Dr. Penninah Bainomugisha and Vastine Orishaba, all independents.2


Parliament Grants Akamba Leave to Present Patient's Rights Bill



Parliament has granted the Busiki County MP, Paul Akamba leave to introduce 'The Patient's Rights and Responsibilities Bill, 2017'.

The Bill seeks to among others empower patients to participate in the process of seeking or receiving health care, ensure ethical treatment of persons seeking or receiving health care services and treating patients with respect and dignity among others.

While presenting a motion seeking leave of parliament, Akamba said the Bill also seeks to stipulate the responsibilities of patients to provide complete and accurate health information and be accountable for the outcome if he or she refuses treatment or fails to follow instructions adequately.

Clause 3(2) of the draft bill states that a health unit or health worker shall not detain a patient or dead body because the patient or his or her relatives have failed to pay as a precondition for discharge or being referred to another health unit or for burial as the case shall be.

The Bill proposes a penalty of a fine not less than twenty currency points or imprisonment for a term not less than six months for someone who contravenes this provision.

The draft Bill further provides that where a health worker or health unit is unable to provide emergency health care, the health worker or health unit shall refer the patient to another health unit where the patient can receive the appropriate health care after being given first aid.

It also seeks to compel health professionals or administrator to put on their clothing, uniform or professional gown clearly labeled with their name or professional tag for the patient to easily identify or differentiate the health worker from the other staff of the health unit.

"It shall not be a defense that the healthcare giver is not regulated by the laws of Uganda when any patient rights are violated while the provider did not have or was wearing any known uniform." reads part of the draft Bill.

The draft proposals imprisonment of not less than one year or payment of a fine of not less than ten currency points or suspension of the trading license for a period not less than ten months or both upon conviction for contravening the provision.

MPs overwhelmingly approved the approved a motion presented by Akamba on Wednesday despite resistance from the State Health Minister, for General Duties, Sarah Opendi. She argued that the National Health Insurance Bill was in its final draft stage and would address most of the issues in the proposed private member's Bill.

Opendi also argued that the Health Ministry is not comfortable with the proposed private member's Bill, saying that it has a lot of financial implications.

But the State Minister for Planning David Bahati told parliament that his Ministry cannot measure the impact of the bill because they haven't received it.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah said the only issue, which could have shot down the proposed bill would be an attempt to violate provisions of the constitution particularly Article 93. He then put the matter to a vote and the Ayes took the day.

He directed the publication of the Bill in preparation for its first reading.


Bees Invade Agago Health Center



Olung Health Center III, the biggest health facility in Lukole Sub County in Agago district has been closed due to an invasion by migratory bees.

Work has stalled at the health center since Monday when a swarm of bees descended on the health facility located in Olung Parish.

Health workers abandoned the facility for fear of being attacked by the bees.

Patients who turned up for treatment on Thursday morning returned home empty handed after finding bees flying in the health facility's compound without anybody to attend to them.

Francis Okumu, a resident neighboring the health center, said bees have settled in one of the ceiling boards in the health facility. He says they could have smoked out the bees but fear burning the ceiling.

Okumu said the insects flood houses and their compounds in search of sweet substances. Dr. Emmanuel Otto, the Agago District Health Officer has convened a meeting with the management of the health center to discuss possibility of fumigating the insects.

Dr. Otto told PRIME RADIO that they have taken measures in other health facilities to stop a similar occurrence. Migratory bees are common in northern Uganda during dry season.



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