30 May 2018

Uganda: Kiryandongo Accident Victim Stuck With Shs 50m Medical Bill

A mother who lost her child in the Kiryandongo bus accident is stuck at Nsambya hospital with a Shs 51 million unpaid medical bill. The 32-year-old is receiving treatment for multiple trauma and traumatic head injuries in hospital's intensive care unit (ICU).

She sustained injuries in the Friday evening fatal accident involving a Gaagaa bus, a lorry and tractor. Up to 23 people have lost their lives while 14 others got injured. Government declared three days of mourning and financially contributed at least Shs 3 million to each of the survivors.

However some of the patients who are still hospitalised are struggling to meet the cost of their treatment. Felix Okot Ogong, the Dokolo South MP and chairperson Lango parliamentary group says Apio is bedridden together with two of her biological children, yet the family cannot afford the hospital bill. The total medical bill so far for Apio and her two children is in excess of Shs 60 million.

Ogong made the statement on Tuesday as parliament debated road safety challenges in the country. Ogong asked government to intervene and help the families since treatment is expensive.

State minister for Health Joyce Mary Kaducu said they are aware of Apio's case and that the government is working together with the management of the hospital to have the medical bill revised downwards. She says another of Apio's relatives also needs Shs 11 million.

Kaducu says the management of Nsambya hospital has pledged to revise the cost. She says if this does not work, at a later stage the ministry will see if they can meet the entire cost.

"He committed to institute a committee to look into that cost and to revise it, so that they are able to charge the patient appropriately, that is what I can report" Kaducu said.


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