With the beginning of the seasonal cotton harvest in Uzbekistan, employees of public institutions are being extorted to pay a fee of 150 US dollars to be dismissed from the cotton picking.
The Metropolitan Children Hospital No. 1 in Samarkand follows the same path. Managers and directors of the hospital demand up to 150 US dollars from doctors and nurses who want to refrain from picking cotton.
However, none of the directors cares about their staff’s living conditions and salaries, whether they have enough to make a living. Also, the directors never report on how the collected money is spent.
In fact, nurses are forced to pay a bribe of 400 – 1000 US dollars to be accepted to work in the hospital in the first place.
September 19, 2016