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Kawempe Hospital Hires Six Anesthesiologists

According to the hospital Director, Dr. Nehemiah Katusiime, the contracts of the new officials started on January 1st and that this brings the total number of anesthesiologists at the facility to ten.
09 Jan 2020 18:09
Kawempe National Referral Hospital has hired six anesthesiologists. It was recently revealed that the facility that has six theatres was only operating with only one anesthesiologist.

According to the hospital Director, Dr Nehemiah Katusiime, the contracts of the new officials started on January 1st and that this brings the total number of anesthesiologists at the facility to ten.

Katusiime notes that to fully revamp operations in theatres, the hospital still needs more human resource as they have plans of hiring special care nurses too since already they have received theatre equipment donations from UNICEF.

The hospital conducts an average of 20 caesarean section operations every day and a total of up to 600 per month. For all these to happen in addition to other gynaecological emergencies and other elective surgeries that they conduct, there has to be an anaesthesiologist attending to each of them.

 Katusiime said that with the load of patients, ten anesthesiologists are still few. But, with such a number, the hospital is better than many facilities across the country that operates without a single expert.

  Tom Aliti, at the Ministry of Health, said they have reports of health centre IVs that have stopped conducting surgeries even with fully-fledged theatres because of lack of anesthesiologists. 

 

This year, the Ministry of Health plans to deploy some 70 anesthesiologists who have been undergoing training at Busitema University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

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