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Woman sues International Hospital Kampala for Shs 77m

International Hospital Kampala

International Hospital Kampala

Munira Jivraj, an Indian national has sued International Hospital Kampala (IHK) seeking to recover more than Shs 77 million arising from alleged negligence. 

Munira has filed his suit before the Civil Division of the High court through her lawyers of Verma Jivram and Associates against IHK and Dr Edrisa Mwaka, a medical consultant at the hospital. 

She contends that in January 2018, Dr Mwaka carried out a surgical reconstruction on her right elbow after she fell off the staircase and sustained a comminuted fracture. This is where a bone breaks into more than two fragments.

 
According to Munira, the reconstruction surgery wasn’t successful as one of the screws that were being used by Dr Mwaka during the surgical reconstruction penetrated the bone and broke through the cortex, the outer most part of the elbow.

She contends that a second surgery was performed by the same doctor, a day after and she was discharged on January 7, 2018, despite complaining about pain in the right elbow since the injury hadn’t been corrected.  

Munira alleges that she was later forced to seek further medication from other medical facilities, which revealed that she had suffered post-operative supracondylar fracture (pain resulting from the fracture), post-traumatic arthritis of the elbow with clinical expressions of deformity and restricted range of motion.    

“The radiographs and CT scan have shown deformity of the distal humerus with non–union, and loss of articular joint space causing permanent injury and incapacity”, reads the petition in part. 

Munira says she later sought treatment abroad in India from Kokilabem Dhirubhai Ambani hospital and Medical Research Institute, where she incurred extra costs including hospital bills, operation costs, air travel tickets, visas and proper evaluation and management.  

She is now seeking to recover Shs 77.8 million as special damages arising from failure to take proper precautions to avoid the screws used in the operation from penetrating the bone and breaking the cortex.   

According to the breakdown, Munira says she spent Shs 500,000 at St Francis Nsambya hospital for a CT scan, Shs 4 million at CORSU Rehabilitation hospital for diagnosis, investigation and pain management in her right elbow. While in India, Munira alleges that she spent Shs 45.3 million, Shs 18 million for air travel visas, hotel accommodation for her and her helpers.  

She also reportedly spent Shs 10 million on other operation costs and miscellaneous expenditures as a result of the negligence. Court has summoned IHK to file its defense within fifteen days before the case is allocated to a judge for a hearing.

Dr Michael Oling, the director of Medical Services at IHK couldn’t be reached for a comment as he couldn’t pick nor return calls from our reporter. This is not the first time IHK is being sued for negligence. In June 2019, Doreen Akoth sued the hospital for damaging her rectum during childbirth and sought compensation of more than Shs 10 million.

The suits come at the time when the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council is yet to give its verdict in another negligence case against IHK for the death of former WBS TV journalist,  Nulait Nambaziira resulting from childbirth complications in 2018.   

Comments

+4 #1 Lysol 2019-09-05 01:55
That so-called International Hospital has killed many patients due to under-trained physicians/surgeons and incompetent.

It lacks many modern equipment, like MRI CT scan and ex-rays alone is not enough to diagnose a patient for surgery.

It should be shut down. It's a killer hospital. And a lot of politics involved in it. There are many more lawsuits to come.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2019-09-05 09:42
Lysol you have a good point.

One reckons the government provides the license to encourage local and foreign investment in medical treatment in this country. Is there any national inspection concerning the way these private hospitals are run?
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-1 #3 Dr Nakwagala Fred 2019-09-05 12:49
This requires serious considerations to determine the merits of the claim so that justice can be done to the patient, the doctor and the Institution.

You can't say anything for now till careful determination is done.
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+1 #4 Mukasa BJ 2019-09-05 20:19
Quoting Dr Nakwagala Fred:
This requires serious considerations to determine the merits of the claim so that justice can be done to the patient, the doctor and the Institution.

You can't say anything for now till careful determination is done.


I recall a quack doctor of that name who used to work there(and posing as a brain surgeon from Australia ).

May be you killed many people too, by misdiagnosing/ incompetence.
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+1 #5 rubangakene 2019-09-05 21:28
Munira should actually sue the owners of the building where she incurred the fracture as "principal respondents" and then ask for the judge to consider International Hospital Kampala as "second respondent".

The onus was on her to have carried out due diligence where best to be treated. In any case before any such major procedure in any hospital, you sign a form that says there is a fifty-fifty chance of success!
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0 #6 Amooti mugi 2019-09-08 04:17
Quoting rubangakene:
Munira should actually sue the owners of the building where she incurred the fracture as "principal respondents" and then ask for the judge to consider International Hospital Kampala as "second respondent".

The onus was on her to have carried out due diligence where best to be treated. In any case before any such major procedure in any hospital, you sign a form that says there is a fifty-fifty chance of success!

I can't agree more!!!
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