Bagonza says that since the start of the financial year, the sub county has managed to raise 250 million shillings from the growers, which has helped construct markets, do routine maintenance of roads and renovate water sources in the sub county
In 2012, 1270 cases were registered in the region, last year there were 1613 and this year, 1978 have so far been registered.
The region has 7 districts, but with only 2 psychiatrist doctors based at the mental health unit at the Fort Portal referral hospital and Bukuku health centre IV.
Legislators sitting on Public Accounts Committee have this morning blamed the Fort Portal Hospital director Dr. Charles Olara for failing to plan properly and accumulating expired drugs. Dr. Olara was responding to audit queries of 2012/2013 financial year which indicated that the hospital stored expired drugs alongside the good ones.
Fort Portal Referral Hospital director, Dr. Kyebambe Kaliisa, will tomorrow face Parliamentâ€™s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) over accusations of exposing patients to expired drugs. In the 2012/2013 Auditor Generalâ€™s report, it was highlighted that the hospital management didnâ€™t dispose of expired drugs and keeps them in their record.
Gerald Mukooza, the acting chairperson of the Rwenzori diabetes association says there is need for specialists to conduct risk assessment and early diagnosis before the patient is considered for proper treatment.
The unit is meant to admit 30 patients but currently there are more than 80 patients admitted in the unit. More than six patients are crammed in a private room with only two beds. Some patients were sleeping on the floor, while others share beds.
Stigmatisation and the lack of Tuberculosis drugs in rural health centres in the Rwenzori sub-region are affecting the treatment and management of the disease. The TB drugs are available at the TB clinic located at Fort Portal Referral Hospital and a few health centres. Patients as far as Kyegegwa, Ntoroko and Bundibugyo districts have to travel to Fort Portal to access the drugs.
A visit at the facility established that there were more than 10 expectant mothers and TB patients in the same ward. Boaz Mugabe, one of the visitorâ€™s taking care of his pregnant wife, fears that the arrangement will expose them to TB infections.
Medical workers at Fort Portal Referral Hospital have again gone on a sit down strike, paralyzing work at the hospital. Three expectant mothers were on Monday denied entrance to the maternity ward by the striking staff. Their relatives were forced to transfer them to another health facility.