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
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.