Hospital detains crocodile victim over unpaid medical bills

Wednesday September 7 2016

A crocodile  on the shores of River Nile at Murchison Falls

The man-eating reptiles have killed several people in recent times. File photo 



St Francis Hospital, Nsambya is a holding a 17-year-old fishmonger, John Basalirwa, a resident of Kayunga over unpaid medical bills.

The victim, currently held in the St Patrick surgical ward was attacked by a crocodile on August 4 during a fishing session.

Mr Basalirwa then lost his right arm to the jaws of a crocodile at Bulwa fishing grounds in Buyikwe district.

The hospital now demands that Basalirwa pays medical bills amounting to Shs4.3m before he can be discharged.

However the victim’s family is unable to raise the money. His 90year old father Eliyaphe Kavuma, a father of 10 and resident of Kitwe-Kayunga is unemployed thus lacks means to pay the medical bills.

The victim’s mother, a 60 year housewife also has no source of income.

His elder siblings David Kalyango and Bogere also work as fishmongers at Bulwa fishing grounds in order to make ends meet and can therefore not afford the medical bills.

Similar incident
Basalirwa is not the first to be held over failure to clear medical bills. Patrick Obiga was recently held at the International Hospital Kampala, (IHK) over non-payment though he was later released.