Regional Referral Hospital is demanding from the Government 509.9 million
shillings in arrears accrued from the treatment of Covid-19 treatment and
Part of the arrears was meant for risk allowances of clinicians, nurses,
surveillance team, hygienists, laboratory technicians, psycho-social counsellors
and surveillance team attached to COVID-19 Treatment Unit – CTU.
In June 2020,
at the height of COVID-19 infection during the first lockdown, 31 health
workers who included some personnel from the World Health Organization and
Ministry of Health were deployed at the facility to reinforce the fight against
Apiyo, in-charge of the CTU at the facility, says she is among the staff who
have not been paid the risk allowance yet constantly work under stress and for
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Dr Apiyo disclosed that some of the staff who had complained about the delay in
the payment of their allowance were redeployed to the different departments in
the hospital before they could be paid.
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Elima, the Hospital Director says that the arrears amounting up to 280 million
of the 509.9 million is meant to cater for staff allowance while the balance
would settle bills incurred in feeding both patients and staff at the CTU since
1st May 2020.
Elima, the hospital received up 486 million shillings from the Ministry of
Health in three different releases in 2020, but the funds were spent on the
purchase of drugs, fuel, vehicle repairs, allowances, meals and refreshments,
airtime and bundles, support and supervision.
Available statistics available indicate that Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has
lost up to 25 patients from the pandemic from 3,209 cumulative confirmed cases.
However, of those, 2,917 have been able to recover.