Children admitted at the Paediatric Ward at Fort Portal Referral hospital are at risk of acquiring infections due to congestion of the ward.
Uganda Radio Network visited the ward which is supposed to accommodate 65 children but currently 135 children are admitted. Two or more children suffering from different aliments share a single bed, while their parents sleep on the floor at night.
Mariam Kabasiita, a resident of Kisomoro Sub County says that due to inadequate beds, her sick child has been sleeping on the floor for two weeks. Kabasiita is worried that her daughter may contract more ailments as a result of sleeping on the floor.
Christine Tumushabe, another mother attending to her five-year-old child says that there is need for the hospital authorities to construct a second ward. She also says that due to the large number of children, it is difficult for the medical workers to provide adequate care to each of the admitted children.
Dr. David Wagira, the in-charge of the paediatric ward says that due to inadequate space, children are sometimes admitted in the male or female wards. He also says that the nine nurses attached to the ward are inadequate to attend to the sick children.
Wagira also says congestion in the ward is further complicated by the number of attendants.
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Grace Rubaale, the Senior Hospital Administrator says that they are yet to identify land at the hospital to construct another ward. She says that the hospital has appealed to the Ministry of Health to provide funds for expansion to enable them cope with the high number of children.
Rubaale however says that some of the children admitted at the ward are supposed to be treated at health centres, but parents come to the hospital without being referred.
In 2012, Tooro Kingdom started plans of constructing the King Oyo Foundation Hospital in Kyenjojo district to reduce congestion in health facilities in the region. Construction of the hospital is yet to start.