Aisha Mohammed, an attendant of a patient told URN that her relative was receiving critical healthcare at a private clinic but the health workers directed them to offer him home-based oxygen therapies claiming that their patient had stabilized.
uplift of the Intensive care unit-ICU at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital will
boost health service delivery, legislators on the government assurance and
implementation committee have revealed. In the wake of the covid19 pandemic, Jinja
Regional Referral Hospital struggled to handle critical patients due to an inefficient
ICU. As a result, the hospital referred some of the critical patients to Mulago
National Specialised Referral Hospital for better management.
However, on Tuesday, the hospital unveiled 12 ICU beds with fully installed ventilators
to handle critical patients. Three of the beds have been earmarked for Covid-19
patients while the remaining with serve other critical cases.
Aisha Mohammed, an attendant of a patient told URN that her relative was
receiving critical healthcare at a private clinic but the health workers directed
them to offer him home-based oxygen therapies claiming that their patient had
stabilized. She, however, says that his condition worsened prompting them to
seek redress at a public hospital.
“We connected him on
portable oxygen cylinders but his condition instead worsened, prompting us to
bring him here and he is steadily improving,” she said at Jinja Regional
Referral Hospital. Patrick Kasumba, the Bujenje county MP who led the
delegation of MPs on thegovernment assurance and
implementation committee, says that equipping Jinja hospital had become one of the government’s unfulfilled
pledges for the past six years.
He says that when they inspected the facility
in January, they noticed that despite the strained caused on the country’s
health care system by the Covid-19 pandemic, the hospital’s ICU was less
nonfunctional with only two fully equipped beds.
Kasumba says that the
hospital also lacked an ambulance and would often rely on private entities or
other lower health facilities in case of emergencies and patient referrals. He, however,
says that the Ministry of Health-MOH has since allocated two standby ambulances
to the facility.
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Robert Musoke, the Budiope West County MP says that the hospital is known for
referring minor cases to superior health facilities due to lack of specialized
equipment. “My fellow legislators from this sub-region have often expressed
dismay on how some of their voters lost lives to Covid-19 due to the
inefficiencies in the ICU. However, with the current supply of new equipment,
members of the general public will eventually have access to quality critical
healthcare services,” he said.
the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says MOH contracted six staff to
handle Covid-19 cases at the facility. She says that they also boast of four anaesthetic staff and intern nurses specializing in anaesthesia, who have been
assigned to handle other critical cases at the ICU.