The Inspectorate of Government-IG is investigating why Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the outgoing director of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital has continued clinging onto her office despite clocking the mandatory 65-year retirement age on December 8th, 2021.
Rashid Ssentongo, the Jinja Regional Inspectorate Officer told URN in an interview this week that he has received several complaints from doctors accusing Tugumisirize of continuing to transact business on behalf of the hospital despite having retired officially from the same position late last year.
According to Ssentongo, Tugumisirize has continued using the COVID-19 surveillance vehicle allocated to the facility, which has partly frustrated supervision of COVID-19 patients under the home-based care management program. He says that his office has since directed Tugumisirize to the handover office within a period of 10 days or risk prosecution.
One of the hospital administrators told URN on condition of anonymity that Tugumisirize informed her office secretary about her retirement but continues to hold onto the official stamps, approves all requisitions and supplies within the hospital.
Tugumisirize told URN that she handed over office to the deputy director, Angela Namala, and has since notified her supervisors at the ministry of health headquarters about the current changes. She declined to discuss the accusations levelled against her.