By Mildred Nambi
Four women and two men who have been masquerading as nurses have been arrested in Gomba district and their clinic closed down.
The suspects were arrested in an operation organised by the district authorities and led by police.
Gomba district police boss Didus Byaruhanga identified the suspects as Matenda Faisal (25), the owner of the clinic, in which they were operating. Others are Kirabo Blessing, Bire Ivan, Mutumwika Jackline, Winnie Faith Suubi and Nasuuna Prossy, all students who were being trained by Matenda.
The five according to Byaruhanga were operating from a small room, at Mamba village, in Kyegonza Sub county Gomba district.
Byaruhanga says the police arrested the nurses following complaints from the residents who were not happy with the operations of the nurses.
He says that several people had complained to the district leaders about the suspicious practice of the nurses.
Upon arrest, Matenda claimed that he is a nursing assistant and denied any links with the “nursing students” though he says he trains students in nursing.
He claims that the girls were undergoing Bible lessons at a church in Mamba and only shared a room with him.
Although the girls denied that they are nursing students, residents insist that they are.
The LC 5 chairman Kyabangi says he decided to act after learning that at least four children have died as a result of incompetent treatment from these “nursing students.”
Kyabangi says he has also received complaints from residents who say their teeth were improperly extracted causing them to develop more complications.