National
Gov't earmarks sh10b for Masaka HospitalPublish Date: Jun 11, 2014
Gov't earmarks sh10b for Masaka Hospital
  • mail
  • img
The Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Linos Ngompek (L) handing over to the joint managing director of Tirupati Miraj Barot a copy of artistic impression of the women’s and children’s complex hospital during the handover of the site to the contractor at Masaka regional referral hospital. PHOTO/ Francis Emorut
newvision

By Francis Emorut                                                     

Government has earmarked sh10.6b for the construction of women’s and children’s complex equipped with telemedicine at Masaka regional referral hospital.
 
Thiswill be a great relief to the hospital staff who are trying to cope up with inadequate facilities coupled with influx of patients, the hospital director, Florence Tugumisirize.
 
The director said currently there are only 30 beds for the 150 children admitted daily. Five children share a bed while maternity ward has only 70 beds to accommodate 100 expectant mothers daily.
 
“The situation is so bad that expectant mothers share beds in the corridors and verandas of the hospital. We are forced to discharge patients within 24 hours and yet they are supposed to be monitored for 72 hours,” Tugumisirize said.
 
 
Tugumisirize said the problem is compounded by influx of patients from Rwanda and Tanzania in addition to patients from the eight districts that were curved out of Masaka district. she said they can’t turn away because they took an oath to serve all the patients without discrimination.
 
She noted that the hospital grapples with a big number of accident patients since the facility is located along Mbarara-Masaka and Kampala-Masaka highways.
 
The hospital receives over 2, 000 out patients daily while 350 are admitted on daily basis. The director made the remarks during a handover of the site to the contractor.
 
The outpatient department clinic of Masaka regional hospital. PHOTO/ Francis Emorut 
 
The new children’s and women’s complex will be equipped with over 400 beds in a five storey building.
The construction will be undertaken by Tirupati Development Uganda while the supervisory engineers will be carried by Joadah Consult.
 
Joel Aita the chief executive officer of Joadah Consult explained to the administration staff and the district leaders that the new complex will be equipped with telemedicine where patients would be in direct contact with consultants from Mulago through internet instead of visiting them physically.
 
“With telemedicine in place, it will minimize referral of cases to the national referral hospital,” Aita said.
 
According to Aita the storey building will comprise of five floors. Three for women and two for the children all equipped with TV systems and internet connection.
 
“We are going to do quality work and we shall complete the project within the specified period of (two years),” Miraj Barot the joint managing director of Tirupati Development Uganda said.
 
He hailed President Yoweri Museveni for peace and security in the country that has attracted investors.
 
 Some of the patients at Masaka regional hospital waiting to receive their medicine from the pharmacy.
PHOTO/ Francis Emorut
 
The district leaders complained of inadequate health workers and insufficient medical supplies and appealed to area Woman MP, Freda Mubanda to advocate for the increase of staff and drugs.
 
The site was handed over to the contractor in the presence of district leaders by the Masaka Resident District Commissioner, Linos Ngompek who urged the contractor to avoid doing shoddy work.
 
Nurses of Masaka regional hospital posing for a photograph with district leaders. PHOTO/ Francis Emorut
 

Also related to this story
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Mao is suffering from pneumonia, says DP
Democratic Party president general Nobert Mao is receiving treatment for pneumonia in Nairobi, says the party....
Defence wants Nsenga
DEFENCE lawyers have asked the High Court to acquit Kampala businesswoman Jacqueline Uwera accused of killing her husband, Juvenal Nsenga of charges of murder...
GOVERNMENT is to start a programme to immunize all girls aged between nine and thirteen years against cervical cancer...
Teachers blame poor performance on government
The disparity between private and public schools continues to widen, with the latter’s performance deteriorating every year, something education experts have blamed on the government’s rigid policy of staff ceilings....
Makerere to teach Turkish
NILE Dialogue Platform, the Ugandan subsidiary of Gülen Movement, a Turkish social movement whose teachings lay emphasis on interfaith and intercultural dialogue...
Second foreign tourist shot dead in Mombasa
A foreign female tourist was shot dead in Kenya's port city of Mombasa on Thursday, the second such killing there this month, police said...
Should government review powers of kings?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter