Dr. Abdilahi Muhammed Lomwar, the acting Hospital in Charge, says that although the number of patients has more than doubled the hospital is still operating below capacity due to inadequate medical equipment and health workers.
Patient attendance at Kotido
Hospital has more than doubled
following the upgrade of the facility from a Health Center IV in July
this year. The
hospital used to receive an average of 3, 200 patients in three months.
However, the hospital has handled close to
7000 in the last two months with a daily attendance of 120
patients a day. Dr. Abdilahi Muhammed Lomwar, the acting Hospital
in Charge, says that although
the number of patients has more than doubled the hospital is still operating below capacity due to inadequate
medical equipment and health workers.
Currently, Kotido hospital runs a blood bank, theatre,
laboratory, maternal and a dilapidated children’s ward. The hospital is yet to
functionalize departments such as X-ray,
radiology, Eyecare Unit and
Orthopaedics due to lack of infrastructure and manpower.
Dr. Lomwar disclosed that the
government is yet to allocate the hospital money for the construction of key
infrastructure to enable them to offer the
required services. He says that currently, they refer patients in need of specialized services to other hospitals in the
Dr. Lomwar also says that currently, the hospital
medicines and medical supplies worth Shillings
62 million, which
is allotted to district hospitals. “We
are already receiving supplies for a hospital. Our medicines and
supplies are worth 62 million up from Shillings
16 million when
this was a health centre IV,” he said in an interview with our reporter.
Although the hospital cannot offer all the required services, the district
leadership is excited that their long-awaited request has seen light. Sabina
Irar, the Lokitelaebu Town Council and Kotido Sub County Woman LC V councillor is
confident that the hospital means more patients including
mothers needing caesareans will not lose their
lives while being transferred elsewhere because their cases will be handled in Kotido.
//Cue in: “Since it started ...
Cue out: ... mow working.”//
Jonathan Lokira, the councillor of Nakapelimoru sub-county is excited, saying that this
was a long-term pledge from the president. He challenges the government to plan for the growth of the
hospital and the recruitment of more
//Cue in: “This was a long term ...
Cue out: to recruit staff.”//
Irar is certain that government will fix the
challenge of inadequate facilities and health workers.
//Cue in: “Our ambulance ...
Cue out: ... our clients.”//
Dr. Serino Acar, the
Kotido District Health Officer, says that they are yet to receive a wage allocation
to enable the recruitment of more health workers.