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Moyo Hospital using lamps, torches for emergency operations

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th August 2007 03:00 AM

MOYO District Hospital can no longer carry operations and offer Ultra Sound (US) services.

MOYO District Hospital can no longer carry operations and offer Ultra Sound (US) services.

By Dradenya Amazia

MOYO District Hospital can no longer carry operations and offer Ultra Sound (US) services.

The hospital administrator, Geoffrey Mawa, said their old generator that provided power to the theatre and US broke beyond repair on Friday July 27.

Speaking at a press briefing in his office recently, Mawa said: “It sounds strange, but it is true that the doctors are using lamps and torches to do emergency operations especially involving caesarians for pregnant mothers.”

He compared the hospital to the health centre II, which lacks a theatre, US and x-ray machine.

Mawa said the generator was donated by Medicines Sans Frontieres, a French-based health NGO, in 1988.
He said Moyo Hospital is a referral hospital, not only for the Ugandans, but also Sudanese in Kajo-keji County.

Efforts to get comments from the district health officer, Dr. Seraphine Adibaku and the medical superintendent, Dr. Richard Mangwi Ayiasi, were futile.
They had travelled for official duties in Kampala.

The LC5, who doubles as the secretary for health, Peter Iku Dolo, said he was not aware of the incident, since he was also on official duty in Kampala.

He, however, said the problems are caused by corrupt people running the hospital. “What are they doing with the solar power if the generator is down?” he asked.

Mawa said the solar energy is not reliable to enable the US to operate, help in the theatre and provide light to the maternity and children’s ward.

Moyo Hospital using lamps, torches for emergency operations

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