The Deputy Director Public Health Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Daniel Okello has said there is a worrying medical malpractice of misdiagnosis that is degrading the medical profession in Uganda.
Okello noted that nowadays nurses and doctors, especially those in private sector are coming up with diagnoses that do not even exist in medicine profession which brings to question the quality of services offered at these medical centers.
“Like nowadays, you here people saying there were diagnosed with infection. Infection is not a disease. The medical players must come up to eliminate such irregularities,” he said, and added:
“Also some doctors are overcharging customers by exaggerating the medical situation by mentioning some very irregular diseases in order to make money. This must stop. The medical profession differs from the other professions. We must always thing of saving lives first. By giving someone medicine they do not need, you are putting their life in danger just because you want to make a sale.”
Okello was speaking the official launch of the International medical center clinic branch in Ntinda located at the Ntinda Complex new Building in Ntinda.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of IMC group, Dr. Ian Clarke, said that their decision to open a new clinic is always informed by a need by the people in the area.
Dr. Clarke added that the biggest challenge facing clinics in Uganda is greed for money and wanting to make huge profits which forces most clinics to offer substandard medical services to the community.
“Something I have taught my staff is to think about saving a life before thinking about the money. I condemn the practice of overcharging and undercharging medical services as a strategy for making money. At IMC group, we offer what the patient needs not what they prefer. We encourage our medics to offer the best medical solution available even when the customer may disagree,” Clarke said.
Joel Oroni, the IMC general manager said: “Since March, we have received over 7000 visits. Being a new clinic, we found that an overwhelming but we managed to serve them in the best way we could and they can testify. We want to improve our services even more. We are going to put a chart that indicates how much time a patient should be able to receive medical attention abs leave the clinic, if you are delayed, then you can question those in charge. Our target time is 45-50 minutes for regular small medical problems and 2 hours for serious IMC clinics are part of the bigger group IMC that includes IHK hospital, Kampala international hospital and IAA insurance.”
As part of the celebration, IMC Ntinda offered free medical checkups for HIV, blood pressure, Hepatitis B, breast case and blood donation to Nakasero hospital.
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