Sheema District leaders are demanding for the elevation of Kitagata
General Hospital to a Regional Referral Hospital.
During the council meeting, the LCV Chairperson Jemimah Tumwijukye Buhanda said that the high number of people
seeking services at the facility has exerted pressure on the facility leading
to an acute shortage of drugs. He says that if the facility is upgraded to the
level of a referral hospital, it will expand and accommodate more
patients. The facility records 150 to 200 patients daily.
The hospital located in Kitagata Town council was constructed in
1970 and serves the districts of Bushenyi, Rubirizi, Buhweju, Mitooma and Sheema,
parts of Ntungamo and Rwampara.
Dickens Mushemeza, a board member of Kitagata Hospital says that the 300
Million Shillings that the facility receives from the government is inadequate to
run the activities of the hospital.
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Dr Dickens Atwogyeire the Sheema District Health Officer says that Kitagata
hospital is supposed to handle not more than 150 patients because it is a
100-bed capacity hospital,
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He says the hospital has adequate land for expansion if it is
upgraded to a referral hospital.
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Musisi Mohamed, a resident of Kitagata says the elevation will
improve health service delivery to the community of Kitagata and the neighbours. He says that patients at Kitagata Hospital being many they face a
lot of challenges especially the limited space to accommodate the in-patients,
He also says the toilets are not enough to cater for the big number of
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Nelson Karuhanga, a resident of Kasaana village says upgrading Kitagata
hospital will reduce the congestion at Mbarara regional referral hospital that
is also overwhelmed by patients from all over the region.