The Hospital Director, Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, says each patient has a feeding budget of Shillings 15,000 per day, which is inadequate to cater for their recommended diets.
The hospital director, Florence Tugumisirize hands over a mama kit to one of the discharged patients.
Inadequate funding is
hampering the smooth operation of the Covid19 isolation center at Jinja Regional Referral
Hospital, according to management.
The Hospital Director, Dr. Florence Tugumisirize,
says each patient has a feeding budget of Shillings 15,000 per day, which is inadequate
to cater for their recommended diets.
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She was speaking during the discharge of four
recovered Covid19 patients on Wednesday.
According to Dr. Tugumisirize, the
isolation center admits patients from diverse cultures with different staple
foods, which are expensive for the hospital to purchase.
At least 77 patients have gone through the
Covid-19 isolation center at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. They include 70
Ugandans, four Eritreans, one Somali and two Kenyans.
also revealed that the facility suffered drug shortage last week, which caused
anxiety among patients.
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A health worker, who spoke to URN on condition
of anonymity so as to speak freely, said some patients rely on their relatives
for support as the facility is incapacitated to fend for them.
“We receive pregnant women and some non-communicable
disease patients who demand special drugs and diets which are catered for by
their families,” she said.