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Kitgum General Hospital Seeks Increased Funding

Bezy Omoya, the Hospital Senior Administrator says that the Health Ministry has continued to budget for the facility as a 100-bed capacity hospital yet it operates with 246 beds.
Patients at Kitgum General Hospital. a total of 56 patients died at the facility last month. Photo By Julius Ocungi

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Kitgum General Hospital is seeking for an increase in funding to improve on service delivery.

Bezy Omoya, the Hospital Senior Administrator says that the Health Ministry has continued to budget for the facility as a 100-bed capacity hospital yet it operates with 246 beds.

Omoya says the 72 million shillings remitted to the facility each quarter is too little to effectively run the facility.

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He says that the inadequate funding has affected payments of contractors such as cleaners, fuel service providers for ambulances, supplies of stationery products and electricity bills.

Omoya says high electricity bills remains one of biggest areas they are grappling to timely pay due to limited fund.

Currently, Omoya says they have an outstanding electricity bill of six million shillings after clearing 15 million shillings. 

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Last week, the Hospital received consignment of essential medicines and medical equipment from the National Medical Stores worth 53.3 million shillings.  

But according to Omoya, the supplies were short by 23.4 percent of what they had requested from NMS to help run the facility effectively.

Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health Ministry’s Senior Spokesperson says that they are aware about increment in patient’s numbers at several health facilities across the country.

He, however, wondered whether the Hospital administration forwarded the challenges during the budgeting cycle which the Ministry would have used to budget accordingly for the Hospital.

“The health Ministry depend on what has been presented by finance, if the money has not increased across board for each and every hospital, Kitgum General Hospital cannot expect much, they need to follow up on this matter with the planning department,” Ainebyoona says.

Kitgum General Hospital was built in 1938.  The facility has lately been registering an increase in numbers of patients seeking medical treatment following the influx of South Sudan refugees being hosted in neighbouring Lamwo District.

Statistics from the Hospital indicates a total of 5,555 Outpatient attendance and 1,576 in-patient admissions were registered just in August this year alone.