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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Struggles with Impact of Lockdown

With over 300 staff residing outside the hospital, management is struggling to transport workers every morning to work and dropped every evening after work.
22 Apr 2020 17:57

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Gulu regional referral hospital is struggling to cope up with impacts of the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19. 

With over 300 staff residing outside the hospital, management is struggling to transport health workers who are scattered within the four Divisions of Pece, Laroo, Layibi and Bardege as well as in the outskirts of Gulu Municipality every morning to work and drop them every evening after work.

The Director of the hospital, Dr James Elima, revealed that management has changed work schedules and attendance for the health workers to less than the 8 hours a day as required by the Ministry of Public Service.

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Dr Elima also explained that due to financial constraints, the hospital is currently using fuel given to them by well-wishers for surveillance. He said the work schedule for the staff is subject to change pending of confirmation of COVID-19 cases referred to the facility.

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According to Dr Elima, the Gulu hospital is among the 16 regional referrals in the country with the least accommodation adding that the completion of the 54 multi-billion staff housing units is expected to bring some sigh of relief.

The construction of 6.5 billion staff quarters stalled four years ago. It is expected that once completed, however, it will bring an end to the lack of good staff housing that has been causing frustration to health workers.

Currently, there are 320 personnel including doctors, nurses, midwives, administrators and support staff who are on government payroll out of whom only 18 are being accommodated within the hospital.

The regional hospital serves a population of more than two million people. It attracts patients from neighbouring Amuru; Omoro, Kitgum, Lamwo, Nwoya, Agago and Pader, Kiryandongo districts as well as South Sudan refugees.

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