Two women detained for impersonating health workers

The police are detaining two women for allegedly impersonating as health workers at Kawolo hospital and Njeru health centre III in Buikwe district.

Sarah Nakigozi and Justine Nzikidwa have allegedly been working as nurses at Kawolo hospital and Njeru health centre III respectively since 2013.

The duo was arrested by State House health monitoring unit and police detectives following a tip off from members of the public who questioned the two’s ethical conduct.

“we set out to go and find out from the two health facilities. I sent there a team comprising of detectives and our senior nursing officer; we scrutinized the file and looked at their academic documents. We found that what was being reported to us probably was right,” said Dr Jackson Ojera Abusu, the director health monitoring unit at State House.

Dr Ojera told journalists at a press conference held at the unit’s offices at Naguru near Kampala that the suspects claimed to have studied at Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery and possessed certificates. Nakigozi for instance had a suspected forged certificate in enrolled Nursing which she obtained in November 2008, while Nzikidwa’s certificate in the same field showed that she completed her studies in November 2007.

Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery however disowned the duo in a July 23 letter.

“The school was established in 1955 with the training of enrolled nurses up to 1961. In 1962 the School upgraded to registered nurses level and in 2007 to training of Diplomas in registered Nursing and Midwifery,” the school’s acting Principal, Nampiima Kakonge stated in a letter to the unit.

It was later established that the two women were using false documents and the numbers presented belonged to different people in the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council’s database.

“Nakigozi Sarah was quoting enrollment no.8441. And this number actually belongs to somebody else called Martin Niro from Moroto; the number quoted by Justine belonged to Okot Kwirino from Kotido who qualified as Pediatric nurse and currently working as Senior Nursing Officer,” Dr Ojera said.

The two are currently detained at Kira police station where they have been charged of forgery, uttering false documents and causing financial loss to government.

Dr Ojera said the campaign to sanitize the health sector shall continue expanding to other parts of the country.