EDITOR: I am a medical doctor. I read with great sadness the stories that came out so clearly well in New Vision about patients that have mysteriously died in Mulago Hospital.
Initially someone (only identified as a patient because he had a blood cannula) was reported on and just two days later, we read another story that "another patient dies in Mulago Hospital septic tank".
What I fail to understand is the way the hospital public relations officer, Dan Kimosho, brushes off the matter as a non-issue. It was an unfortunate statement from the officer that this "was being careless"!
That poor patient with a seizure disorder drowned in an apparently open sewer! To remind Kimosho, when someone has an epileptic fit, they do not need to be careful not to fall in an open sewer because the patient is unconscious.
That is precisely why they need to be helped. I think it is the responsibility of the hospital to ensure patient safety as a first priority and not blaming them for being 'careless'. The hospital should ensure that there are "no open sewers" because they are dangerous to all patients as well as non-patients.
Secondly, there was no need to relate these patients' accidental deaths to impersonators that come to the hospital. This was a cunning way of brushing off a very critical matter for which the hospital should have reacted responsibly.
I think Mulago owes the nation and the families of the departed an apology and this can best be done by ensuring there are no open sewers in the hospital.
EDITOR: For lack of a better adjective, the public relations officer of Mulago Hospital, Dan Kimosho, is a disgrace!
How can he blame patients for being careless because they fell into a septic tank that the hospital left open?
Is it the patients' responsibility to ensure such basic safety in the hospital? Why should a septic tank be left gaping?
Kimosho should be reminded that even the director of Mulago Hospital can fall into that septic tank. Shame on Mulago!
It is Mulago Hospital which was careless and not the patients