Wakiso Health Centre IV faces a critical situation as its interdicted officer-in-charge, Dr. Dickson Lukanga, allegedly locked the ultrasound scan in a room, refusing to hand over the office.
The interdiction, initiated by Chief Administrative Officer Alfred Malinga on September 7, cited absenteeism and poor service delivery leading to unnecessary referrals. Dr. Lukanga is accused of rendering the essential ultrasound scan machine inaccessible by locking it in the maternity section.
Despite accusations of irregular attendance and mismanagement of funds, Dr. Lukanga denies these allegations, asserting that the claims are baseless. CAO Malinga contends that the officer took possession of the health facility, locking it arbitrarily. The CAO has called for Dr. Lukanga’s arrest and forceful handover.
Malinga accuses Dr. Lukanga of running away with financial records, hindering audits and suggesting financial impropriety. The CAO asserts that since the interdiction, auditors cannot access records, and a replacement accountant faces operational challenges.
Meanwhile, a whistleblower’s letter circulating on November 6 on social media alleges four maternal deaths in three weeks at Wakiso Health Centre IV, placing blame on Malinga’s decision to interdict the medical officer. The situation raises concerns about the facility’s overall functionality and patient outcomes.