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Hundreds of Bullet Wound Patients Overwhelming Matany Hospital :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Hundreds of Bullet Wound Patients Overwhelming Matany Hospital

Dr. John Bosco Nsubuga the medical superintendent of St Kizito Matany hospital told Uganda Radio Network on Friday that the increasing number of patients with bullet wounds was stressing the limited resources that the hospital has for other emergency diseases.
Some of the patients with bullet wounds at Matany Hospital


The management of St Kizito Matany hospital in Napak district of Karamoja region has raised concern over the increasing number of patients with gunshot wounds in the hospital. Since the year started, patients treated at huge cost at the not-for-profit hospital are in the hundreds.

Dr. John Bosco Nsubuga the medical superintendent of St Kizito Matany hospital told Uganda Radio Network on Friday  that the increasing number of patients with bullet wounds was stressing the limited resources that the hospital has for other emergency diseases.

According to Dr, Bosco the hospital spends a lot of resources treating big open wounds which cost 2 to 3 million shilling to treat in other hospitals but because Matany is a private, not-for-profit hospital it only charges only 100,000 shillings for the entire staying of the patient in the hospital.

He said that since January 2020 to date they have received more than 200 patients with serious bullet wounds majorly from Kotido, Amudat, Kaabong hospital.

“Before cattle rustling resumed we had been treating other diseases like Malaria and traffic accidents but from January to date we are overwhelmed by patients with serious bullet wounds,” he said.

Dr. Nsubuga called upon the leaders in Karamoja to get to help sensitize their communities to stop activities that can lead ballistic confrontations.

He noted that  much has the hospital receives some support from government for primary health care but the support was little considering the population that the hospital receives from Teso, Acholi, Lango, Bugisu and parts of Kenya.

Matany hospital is a Catholic founded hospital which was built at the beginning of the 1970s and since then supported by CUAMM mainly through medical staff and for a long time with the medical doctor.

In 1966 Comboni sisters started dispensary, which in 1970 was expanded to a hospital with 220 beds. In 1984, Matany started Nursing training school, and in 1985 they  started Primary Health Care activities throughout Bokora in Napak district.

In 1996 Matany experienced financial crisis and started lobbying for financial assistance from government., In 1997 the hospital received PHC grants from  government of Uganda, in 1997-1999 a diverse ecological project started and in 20009/10 construction of second project started. In 2010 the hospital launched midwifery training  and in 2010/11 the maternity ward was expanded.

In 2015 Matany hospital management nearly closed the services in the hospital citing lack of financial assistance to enable the hospital run.

Peter Lokol a resident of Rengen village in Kotido district who’s attending to his sick bother in Matany hospital said government needs to double its efforts in addressing the current security situation in Karamoja.

Major Peter Musgisa the UPDF 3rd division spokesperson confirmed that many stubborn cattle rustlers have been killed while others are nursing wounds as a result of clashing with the armed forces.

He said the army had so far achieved a lot in terms of stabilizing the peace in Karamoja. 

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