The Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-salaam has been compelled to issue official statement against accusations that the country’s referral medical center was leaking recorded videos of sick patients admitted in its Intensive Care Unit wing.
It all started with a video, showing a patient struggling for his life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the National Hospital.
As it happens, the patient is a popular personality, Joseph Haule, also known as Profesor Jay, the former Member of Parliament for Mikumi constituency, who is also an artist in the modern synthesized pop (Bongo Fleva).
Haule has been sick and admitted in hospital for more than a month now.
The video showing the artist-cum-politician undergoing treatments in the Intensive Care Unit was reportedly posted onto a gossip oriented app, a pay-walled platform manned by a popular social media personality, Mange Kimambi, a Tanzanian lady living in the United States.
After the video was posted, members of the opposition party, the Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) bristled. After all, Professor Jay, the victim of the ICU regulations breach, is a member of their political party.
CHADEMA complained through all social media platforms, condemning the breach of privacy at the National Hospital as well as the inhumane act being displayed by the owner of the gossip app.
In response to that, the Management of Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) published an official statement saying they had nothing to do with the circulated video.
Signed by one Aminiel B. Aligaesha, the MNH statement argued that, the facility attends to nearly 3500 patients including visitors per day, thus difficult to control them, but the hospital management was also concerned with such videos of a sick person under their charge.
The Hospital added that they were following up the incident as well as notifying authorities so that further steps could be taken against the culprits behind leaked videos.
The state-run, Muhimbili National Hospital is a 1260-bed referral medical facility in Dar es Salaam.
Other than being the national referral hospital, Muhimbili also runs teaching and research facility through its Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences arm.
The hospital offers speciality care across the spectrum of clinical medicine. About 40 percent of its beds are for private patients.