An asymptomatic female COVID-19 patient undergoing treatment at the hospital lost her cool on Sunday and recorded a video bemoaning the unconducive situation at the ward, which she says isn’t appropriate for patients.
The head of the COVID-19 taskforce in Masaka district
suspects that there was an ulterior
motive by patients
who exposed the appalling situation at the Isolation and treatment ward at
Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
An asymptomatic female COVID-19 patient
undergoing treatment at the hospital lost her cool on Sunday and recorded a video bemoaning
the unconducive situation at the ward, which she says isn’t appropriate for
In her nine-minute video that
has since gone viral, the patient laments that the ward is faced with acute
inadequacies that range from basic utilities; food, water and other sanitation facilities, as well as
shortage of medical staff to attend to patients. The patient also complains about
the types of medicines they are being treated with.
Despite pertinent concerns raised
in the video, Herman Ssentongo,
the Masaka Resident District Commissioner and Chairperson of the COVID-19 task force is suspicious that patients could
be hiding motives in the purported disclosure. He accuses the patient of
cooking up a video with the intent
to undermine the integrity of both the
government and health workers.
//Cue in; “all those 21 beds…
Cue out….victims from
Luganda//Cue in; “ekifo
Doctor Mark Jjuuko, the head of
the hospital’s COVID-19 treatment unit indicates that besides security
investigations, they are also considering to conduct a mental check-up on the
patient. Dr Jjuko argues that they were surprised by the video, wondering why
the patient didn’t tell them about her concerns and chose to get onto the social media.
//Cue in; “ffe nga ffe…
Cue out…mu kuyiga.”//
However, the authorities are
hesitant to pay attention to others salient irregularities in the video that
include poor sanitation, inadequate meals, congestion at ward that is even
shared by adults at the children some which have no facemask.
The video of the appalling situation in
Masaka hospital is an addition to several other outcries by COVID-19 patients and
suspects that have previously gone to the different media to protest the poor conditions in which
they were being quarantined