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Karamoja-based Matany Hospital Gets Nod for Offering Affordable Treatment

The Catholic founded not-for-profit health facility charges 50,000 Shillings for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. It also charges a flat rate of 10,000 Shillings for any ailment and 5,000 Shillings for treating children.
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Members of the Parliament Taskforce on COVID-19 for northern Uganda have asked the government to increase its support for St Kizito Hospital, Matany in Napak district.

The Catholic founded not-for-profit health facility charges 50,000 Shillings for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. It also charges a flat rate of 10,000 Shillings for any ailment and 5,000 Shillings for treating children.

The hospital which serves as the only referral facility in Napak is supported by both donors and the government of Uganda. But although the facility has an Oxygen plant and is offering services to COVID-19 patients, it does not have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) making it impossible to treat critical COVID-19 cases.

According to Dr John Bosco Nsubuga, the Medical Superintendent at the facility, they still need Personal Protective Equipment to be able to minimise risks amongst health workers. However, he adds, the government has reduced funding initially provided through primary health care grants.

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Nsubuga said that since the hospital works as a referral hospital, and serves a large population in Karamoja, parts of Bugisu and Teso, there is a need to increase its financial support.

 

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Napak Woman MP Faith Nakut, and a member of the task force asked the government to support the hospital, which is selflessly serving the Karamojong region. She says that with a workforce of more than 255 people, the government needs to increase the number of health workers on its payroll from the current seven.       

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Kole North MP Dr Samuel Opio Ocuti said that Matany Hospital is a centre of excellence, that has been offering excellent service at a subsidized cost and needs to be supported.  He says that although the hospital is in a rural area,  the standards are so high in terms of treatment.     

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The taskforce chairperson and Koboko Municipality MP Dr Charles Ayume said the facility is a centre of excellence and the Government needs to not only learn from but also support.   The hospital serves an average annual patient admission of between 14,000 – 15,000 with 98,000 outpatient contacts.  

In total, 841 people have been tested at the facility, 107 tested positive and 8 deaths were registered

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