The Ministry of Health has settled outstanding electricity bills
of Iganga general hospital amounting to 150 million Shillings.
According to a letter signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Diana
Atwiine, the bill had accumulated over the past five years which was affecting
the smooth operation of some hospital departments.
James Wako, the hospital superintendent says that the hospital had been using generators to boost daily operations in major departments of the
“Our hospital has been prone to power cut-offs and we had resolved
to use generators for the smooth running of operations within the surgical
wards, maternity and X-ray,” he says.
Wako adds that the status quo forced health workers to make unnecessary
referrals of cases which they could easily manage with the presence of constant
power supply at the facility.
David Muwanguzi, the Iganga District Health Officer also raises a challenge of
the unpaid water bills amounting to 54 million Shillings.
Muwanguzi reveals that the hospital has been relying on borehole and rainwater
for the smooth running of the facility.
He adds that water in some parts of the hospital was temporarily installed
during the COVID-19 pandemic, but is worried that it could be disconnected if
the bill is not cleared on time.