Dr Angella Namala, the hospital Deputy Director notes that their causality ward has had a huge reduction in road traffic accident victims and has now been replaced with those nursing gunshot and stab injuries. She said the victims have very deep injuries and are usually dropped at the hospital by the police.
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Jinja Hospital is reporting an increase in gunshot and stab injuries. This was revealed by Dr Angella Namala,
the hospital Deputy Director during a virtual meeting held by the
Makerere University School of Public Health on Wednesday.
Namala notes that their causality ward has had a huge reduction in
road traffic accident victims and has now been replaced with those nursing gunshot
and stab injuries. She said the victims have very deep injuries and are usually
dropped at the hospital by the police.
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Dr Livingstone Makanga an official from the Ministry of Health
acknowledged that reports of such injuries are increasingly being reported
during the lockdown partly arising from an increase in domestic violence and
enforcement of presidential directives by security operatives.
He noted though that these cases have not yet been evaluated to
see how widespread they are revealing that they are engaging security agencies with
concerns of them failing to translate presidential directives and where
possible to relax some of the restrictions put in place.
According to Makanga, the lack of proper guidance and
interpretation of the directives has made some especially pregnant women fear
to seek services in the time leading to complications during and after birth.
Namala notes that at Jinja hospital, caesarean section deliveries
have increased to 50 per cent from 30 per cent. They have also recorded an increase in
premature deliveries and near misses with cases of ruptured uterus becoming
She also notes that inpatient turn up at the hospital has reduced
by 50 per cent whereas that of the outpatients has reduced by 65 per cent. Currently, there are three COVID-19 positive patients admitted in
their isolation centre, which has been set up at the Mental Health Unit.
Namala says that the reduction in other cases at the hospital
could as a result of fear considering that initially medical workers too had
fled the facility.
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She reports that now, complacency on the side of health workers
has set in too where only 40% of them are respecting the hand washing