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Ntungamo Hospital Disconnected Over 160 Million UGX Umeme Bill :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Ntungamo Hospital Disconnected Over 160 Million UGX Umeme Bill

Topher Byamukama, the assistant District Health Officer Ntungamo, blames the hospital staff for failing to pay for the electricity they use in their staff quarters and instead transfer their bill onto the hospital.

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Ntungamo Hospital administration is hunting for 140 million shillings to clear an accumulated Umeme electricity bill.

The hospital was disconnected by the power distributor three weeks ago after failing to heed numerous notices from Umeme to clear their outstanding electricity bill. The total electricity bill stands at 160 million shillings.

The acting hospital administrator David Ajuna says they have only managed to secure 20 million shillings from the first lady and Minister for Karamoja Janet Museveni to pay the electricity bill in instalments.

Ajuna says the administration is still stuck with the remaining balance of 140million shillings.

He says the hospital operations have been affected and servicing a generator during emergency operations is costly as they operate on a tight budget.

 

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The hospital, built in the 1960s, serves 150 out-patients per month from within Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Isingiro and the neighbouring Rwanda. 

Topher Byamukama, the assistant District Health Officer Ntungamo, blames the hospital staff for failing to pay for the electricity they use in their staff quarters and instead transfer their bill onto the hospital.

Byamukama claims that the district authorities have instructed Umeme to install meters at every staff house to cut the misuse of electricity by health workers who do not want to pay for the power they use.

Richard Lubega, the Umeme acting regional manager western Uganda, faults several companies and organisations that have huge power bills but have failed to clear them for a long time. He would not go so far as to divulge the names of these organisations.

Ntungamo Hospital is the second referral hospital in the region to be disconnected by Umeme in three weeks.

Kitagata Hospital in Sheema district was the first to be disconnected by Umeme after they failed to clear a 15 million shillings electricity bill.

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