The lack of equipment is affecting the operations of Kumi Hospital
Ongino. The hospital lacks a general anaesthesia
machine, operation lights, suction machine and operating tables.
Kumi Hospital Ongino was founded by Kumi Diocese and became
operational in 1929 as a leprosy centre. In 2009, it was elevated to a general
Dr Lazarus Odwar, the Acting Hospital Superintendent says that the
hospital is also facing several challenges including low revenue to facilitate
the smooth running of the facility. He adds that most of the machines are old
while others lack spare parts for repair.
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Esther Akello, a resident of Bazaar Cell in Kumi Municipality, says
that it is shocking to learn that the hospital which has been the backbone of
health service delivery in the region is facing challenges. She says that the machines
should be provided considering the high demand for them.
Stephen Olupot, another resident in Kumi Municipality says that it
is a pity that the machines cannot be availed to help the people. He says that
due to the absence of the equipment, many are referred to health facilities in
Kampala which they cannot afford.
Olupot says that district leaders should intervene and ensure that
the equipment is in place.
James Okweny, the Senior Hospital Administrator says that they are
working hard to ensure that they redeem the image of the hospital. He notes
that their major priority at the moment is to lobby for support from
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Sr. Suzan Okwakol, the Assistant District Health Officer in Kumi
says they are aware of the challenges facing the hospital but are constrained
by limited resources. She, however, noted that the district will do everything
including deploying government paid staff to the hospital to ensure its
On average, Kumi Hospital Ongino receives 3,900 patients at the Outpatients’
Department and over 800 in the in- patients’ department every month. Last year,
the hospital recorded 1,669 deliveries and conducted 726 caesarean