The Coronavirus cases in Uganda are rising to 44 and the, global cases have hit the 700,000 mark:

29 March, 2020

Written by The Observer Team, Uganda

Testing for the virus in Uganda


The ministry of Health has today Sunday announced a further 3 new coronavirus cases, taking the national tally to 33 cases.
According to minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, 203 samples were tested today at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe and of these, three turned out positive. According to President Museveni, two of the latest patients are wife and daughter of the man from Masaka who was among the first nine confirmed cases.
On his return from Dubai, he reportedly went home to his family and after the first confirmed case, his community advised him to go for check up where he tested positive. His wife and daughter were his closest contacts and had been quarantined in Entebbe. The third person is a 15-year-old boy who returned from school in the UK on March 21. He was under institutional quarantine where he developed symptoms and tested positive.
Earlier, the ministry provided details for yesterday's seven confirmed cases. They include a 30-year-old female, a resident of Bunga, Kampala who arrived from Dubai on March 18, 26-year-old female, a resident of Mutungo, Kampala who arrived from the UK on March 20.
There was also a 10-year-old male, a resident of Bulenga, Kampala who arrived from the UK on March 20. Others included a 25-year-old female, a resident of Kungu, Kampala who arrived from the UK on March 20.
There was also a 59-year-old male and resident of Senero, Kalangala who arrived from the US on March 12. The others are 33-year-old male a resident of Naluvale, Wakiso district who arrived from Dubai on March 19 and a 24-year-old female a resident of Gayaza in Kampala who arrived from the UK on March 20. 
On Monday this week, 8 new cases were announced, 5 on Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 5 on Friday and now 7 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. Globally, the cases have hit 710,987 cases with 33,557 deaths while 150,788 have recovered. Italy recorded a slight decrease in the number of deaths, recording 756 cases on Sunday.
It was a decline from 889 deaths registered on Saturday, 969 on Friday, 712 on Thursday, 683 on Wednesday, 743 on Tuesday and 602 on Monday. Spain registered 624 deaths on Sunday while France registered new 292 deaths and the UK 209 new deaths.
The fear of this disease continues all over the world.
Plus the best friend of man 

Midwives in Uganda, Arua Hospital, use phone lights or paraffin candles to deliver mothers:


Alarm. Pregnant mothers at Arua Regional Referral Hospital. Meanwhile at Omugo Health Centre IV, mothers are being delivered using torches since the hospital lacks a reliable power supply. PHOTO BY CLEMENT ALUMA 



Pregnant mothers at Omugo Health Centre IV in Terego County, Arua District, would have suspended giving birth at night if it was within their powers.

This is partly because Omugo Health Centre lacks reliable power supply since the solar batteries for the solar power system got broken about five years ago.

A nurse on duty who asked not to be named because she is not authorised to speak to journalists, said they had got used to the situation ever since the generator and the solar systems broke down.

“If it was within our powers, we would have told these mothers not to give birth at night but you never tell when the labour pains begin; it is God’s plan.

Sometimes the batteries of these phones go down and you have no way of charging it, the government should really come to our aid,” she said recently.

But the officer in charge of the health centre, Dr Geoffrey Tabu, said plans are under way to fix the problems the centre is currently facing.

“Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) has been making some assessments with the view of fixing the broken systems at the facility and we hope that they will come and help us,” Dr Tabu said.

In the wards, the midwives and pregnant mothers currently use the local paraffin lamps (tadoba) which emit dangerous smoke.

Besides, there is a danger of the tadobas catching fire, especially when not carefully used.

The new generator at the health centre, which worked for some months, only lacks a battery. The health centre serves a catchment population of about 300,000 people from the vast Terego County and neighbouring Maracha and Yumbe districts.

The health facility receives Shs4m as quarterly releases from the government but Dr Tabu said the money was not enough since most of it goes into services.

Last year, Ms Olive Ederu, an executive member of West Nile Legal Institute for Community Empowerment, which carried out a research into the affairs of the health facility, discovered that the centre was among the places in the region with high infant deaths due to anaemia.


The radiotherapy department at Mulago hospital remains a topic of intense discussion, after the cobalt-60 radiation machine broke down yet again.

Although the government and the hospital have been criticized and accused of possibly endangering patient lives, not many have spared a thought about the health workers there. This article, by visiting Harvard University medical student SHEKINAH ELMORE, suggests that health workers have been the success in a unit logistically failing.

March 5, 2015: I immediately recognized the simple blue-green door marked with the words “RADIATION AREA” in bold, red letters. Recognize is perhaps too strong a word: I had seen it in a New York Times photograph. It was shut, as it had been in the photo, meaning that the machine was working, as it nearly always was.

“That door was shown in a very famous paper in the United States,” I said to Dr Daniel Kanyike, one of the clinical oncologists who delivers both radiation therapy and chemotherapy to patients at Mulago hospital in Kampala, Uganda and our tour guide for the day. “They did a story on breast cancer in Uganda, and talked a great deal about Mulago. Were you here when they visited?”

Dr Kanyike let out an exclamation of polite surprise mixed with disinterest. Throughout the short time we had spent getting to know him, he was always more interested in talking about patient care, particularly radiotherapy, than anything else.

The empty radiotherapy department.


So, it seemed quite in character that he wouldn’t care to have a lengthy discussion on what a paper in New York had said about Uganda, even if his work was the subject. After a quick silence, he let out a burst of his infectious, unique laughter.

 “I had heard about that,” he said with bemusement. “But I was not here that day.”

We discussed the article no further, moving on to the particularities of the brachytherapy treatment room, which was right next door to “RADIATION AREA.”

I had come to Mulago’s radiotherapy department along with Roshan Sethi, a fellow medical student who would be matching into radiation oncology in mere days, as part of a series of unofficial site visits to radiation facilities in Uganda and Kenya to get a better sense of how radiation therapy is provided for cancer care in the region.

While I had visited and worked in a number of hospitals in


                                                                                                   A modern breast cancer screening machine


eastern and southern Africa, I had never been in a radiation center in the region. In fact, I had only visited two in the United States, and rather recently as I shadowed radiation oncologists to see if I would eventually join their field.

Because of the high prevalence of cancer, medical students often gain a good deal of general oncology exposure, whether it’s clinical or basic science. However, very little exposure to radiation oncology is offered to those who aren’t looking for it. Radiation is considered so technical, so specialized, so rarified that it barely merits mentioning.

And yet, more than 50% of all patients with cancer will require radiotherapy as a core part of their treatment. That is surely something worth mentioning, if even in one or two lectures. Further, in the fight for global access to comprehensive cancer care, which has been gaining steam year by year, radiotherapy has also been marginal.

                          The broken down radiotherapy machine at the Cancer Institute, Uganda 

Even though radiation therapy is an essential part of both palliative and curative treatments for cancer, arguments against its wider implementation have mirrored those that were initially made against access to other life and quality-of-life- saving interventions like antiretroviral therapy and surgical care.

In short, critics argue that radiation is too expensive, too difficult to implement, and that more “cost-effective” (read: lower cost) strategies, like cancer prevention, should be implemented in its place. While prevention is essential, it can never be held up as a substitute for treatment. Radiation therapy, like surgery, chemotherapy, and social and economic support, are all essential aspects of cancer care the world over.

While I still cannot tell whether Dr Kanyike had read the article on Mulago, I know that I found things to be quite different than the New York Times’ report. Certainly, many of the facts matched up: a door to a radiation machine, patients, mostly women, waiting along its side for their treatments to begin.

However, the feeling transmitted by the photograph and the article was spare, dire and catastrophic. While cancer itself is all of these things, Mulago’s radiotherapy unit struck me as no more and no less individually existentially challenging than the Dana-Farber in Boston.

The resources, of course, were orders of magnitude less. That in and of itself is unsettling if not surprising, and calls us with clarity to a moral duty to do more, collectively.

But the radiotherapy care delivered at Mulago, by Dr Kanyike and the other clinical oncologists, by the medical physicists, dosimetrists, and radiation therapists that work as a team, was impressive.

Yes, the machine runs most of the day and most of the night, because it is the best way to treat the most patients. Certainly, the machine’s source, a piece of radioactive cobalt that emits the radiation that treats patients’ tumors, is older than would be optimal, but all of the staff and leadership are quite aware of this and are fighting through the complex series of steps to get a new source.

To get a new machine, even, in good time, one that delivers a more modern type of radiation therapy. The entire treatment team here is working to provide radiation therapy to more than one hundred patients each day, care that currently can’t be acquired anywhere else in Uganda.

Further, Dr Kanyike and the other clinical oncologists at Mulago provide radiation therapy for patients with virtually every type of tumor possible, from women with breast cancer to children with brain tumors to patients with rarer malignancies still.

This is something that most, if not all, American-trained radiation oncologists would be unable to do, simply because most eventually sub-specialize to treat only certain types of cancer.

As Julie Livingston describes in her book Improvising Medicine, which details the workings of Botswana’s first official cancer hospital, there are real resource constraints at play when considering oncology care in low and middle-income countries, but there is also a tireless, caring, innovative and successful struggle against these constraints. Success amidst challenges was the main thing that I took away from my visit to Mulago’s radiotherapy center.

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The import taxation of the Uganda Revenue Authority (VAT) is destroying the ability of the National health institution to function freely and save African lives:

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

The Health Minister, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye speaking during the 21st Session of the

Joint Action Forum for the African Programme for Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Control at Speke Resort Conference Center, Munyonyo in Kampala on Tuesday,

December 15, 2015

Photo by Shamim Saad.

By Moses Walubiri

Health minister, Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, has taken exception to Uganda Revenue Authority's (URA) uncompromising policy on payment of Value Added Tax (VAT), saying its terribly hurting the health sector's capacity to get key donations from abroad.

VAT is a tax on the amount by which the value of an article has been increased at each stage of its
production or distribution.

During an interface with lawmakers on the health committee to answer queries about the budget framework paper for the financial year 2016/17 last Friday, Tumwesigye revealed that Ministry of Health (MoH) has a budget shortfall of sh109b in VAT and counterpart funding obligations in the next financial year.

Normally, when altruistic organizations and individuals in foreign countries donate equipment, medicine or vaccine to Uganda, they let MoH to pick up VAT bills.  But the money due to the taxmen is always hard to come by, leading to unsavory incidents of URA either impounding or threatening to impound donated equipment.

"It seems they (URA) are interested in showing a good tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio.  But this is hurting the ministry because donors are rarely interested in paying the VAT component," Tumwesigye said.

Last year, Tumwesigye told legislators, URA threatened to attach the equipment of a Construction Company over VAT for constructions at Mulago Hospital, yet the tax component was meant to be met by government which had not yet fulfilled its obligation.

According to budget estimates for the current financial year, URA is expected to raise sh9.5 trillion as government seeks to reduce the percentage of donor component in the national budget.

Meanwhile, the health committee has called for Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) to be relocated from office of the president to MoH for proper oversight and management.

Committee chairperson, Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo and Dr. Twa-Twa Mutwalente contend that neither MoH nor office of the president is effectively overseeing the affairs of UAC.

"The budget of UAC is in ministry of health yet officially its under office of the president. Its budget inflates MoH budget yet its not under the ministry's control. This has to be sorted out soon," Bitekyerezo said.

The committee on the presidency recently noted that UAC ought to be relocated to MoH for its proper supervision.

"UAC should be under MoH because many of its interventions are health related. But this would require an amendment of the statute that created it," MoH permanent secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago said.

Parliament recently sanctioned the creation of the HIV Trust Fund as a form of tax component to help government raise enough resources for HIV/AIDS palliative care without over reliance on donors.

Bitekyerezo avers that in the absence of proper oversight over UAC by MoH, these funds can either be squandered through luxuries like high-end vehicles or seminars.

In the same interface, Tumwesigye explained government's delayed plan to launch massive vaccination in areas with the highest Hepatitis B prevalence rate.

Government had intended to vaccinate close to 16 million people in areas of Teso, West Nile and Northern Uganda following an outbreak of hepatitis B almost a year ago.

However, despite parliament in 2014 appropriating $11m (about sh39b)to roll out the first  phase of vaccinations in the worst hit 11 districts,  the program had stalled, resulting into uproar by area MPs.

"The idea was that the money would be enough to vaccinate 16m people. However, this can only vaccinate 3.4m people," Tumwesigye said, revealing that the program has kicked off in the Teso sub region.

The disease is caused by Hepatitis B virus and is prevalent mainly in Asia and Africa. The virus is transmitted by exposure to infectious blood or body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids, while viral DNA has been detected in the saliva, tears, and urine of chronic carriers.


On international standards of human health, the poor people who cannot afford the health service are being killed off slowly over time.

More than 7,000 babies are born dead every day in Uganda:

About 7,200 babies are stillborn every day.

Courtesy photo

By Agencies

Posted  Tuesday, January 19   2016 


About 7,200 babies are stillborn every day -- some 2.6 million per year -- and half of these deaths occur during delivery, according to a quintet of studies published by The Lancet on Tuesday.

The figures for 2015 represented a meagre drop from around 24.7 to 18.4 deaths for every 1,000 total births from 2000 to last year, the medical journal reported.
The overwhelming majority of stillbirths, about 98 percent, occur in low- and medium-income countries.

"But the truly horrific figure is 1.3 million" stillbirths that occur during delivery, The Lancet editors Richard Horton and Udani Samarasekera wrote in a comment.
"The idea of a child being alive at the beginning of labour and dying for entirely preventable reasons during the next few hours should be a health scandal of international proportions. Yet it is not."
For the purposes of the study, stillbirths were counted as foetuses lost during the final three-month trimester, or after 28 weeks of pregnancy.
Deaths before this cutoff are termed miscarriages.

The series found that prolonged pregnancy -- delivery several days beyond the estimated birth date -- was the main cause of stillbirths, contributing 14 percent.
Next in line were maternal health problems.
Nutrition, lifestyle factors such as obesity or smoking, and non-infectious diseases like diabetes, cancers or cardiovascular problems, each accounted for about 10 percent of stillbirths.
Malaria infection accounted for about eight percent of stillbirths and syphilis 7.7 percent, the analysis showed.

An estimated 6.7 percent of stillbirths was attributed to the expectant mother being older than 35, and 4.7 percent to eclampsia -- a serious condition of pregnancy that can cause seizure-inducing high blood pressure.
Rich, poor gap -Sub-Saharan Africa had more stillbirths than any other region.
Given the slow rate of improvement, "over 160 years will pass before the average pregnant woman in sub-Saharan Africa has the same chance of her baby being born alive as does a woman nowadays in a high-income country," the study said.

But the series also highlighted wide gaps between rich and poor people even in high-income countries.
A poor woman in a wealthy country has about double the risk of stillbirth than a rich one.
"Stillbirth rates for women of south Asian and African origin giving birth in Europe or Australia are two-to-three times higher than white women," said a statement.

The country with the lowest rate, with 1.3 stillbirths per 1,000 total births, was Iceland, and Denmark was next at 1.7 per 1,000.
They were followed by Finland, the Netherlands, Croatia, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Portugal and New Zealand.
The worst performer, out of 186 countries measured, was Pakistan with 43.1 stillbirths per 1,000 total births.
The rest of the bottom 10 were Nigeria, Chad, Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Somalia, Djibouti, Central African Republic, Togo and Mali.

In 2014, the World Health Assembly -- the world's highest health policy body -- endorsed a target of 10 or fewer stillbirths per 1,000 total births by 2035.
But the Lancet series found the average annual rate of reduction, at two percent, was far slower than for maternal deaths (three percent) or deaths of children under five (4.5 percent).
The series was comprised of five research papers compiled by more than 200 authors, investigators and advisers from 43 countries.

This is the grave yard(scrapeyard) of Government of Uganda vehicles:

A government civil service technician walks past some of the grounded cars at the

Ministry of Health offices in Kampala, Uganda.

Photo by Rachel Mabala.

By Frederic Musisi
Posted  Saturday, September 12  2015 

In Summary

The cost. Whereas some of the cars were written off several years ago, they continue to “consume” fuel and maintenance costs in the books of this life saving service Ministry:

Frederic Musisi found out.

You have seen vehicles with government licenced plates rusting away at district headquarters, police stations/posts, ministry headquarters and garages. Several of them have desirable parts and accessories like engines, seats, gauges, radios and meters all ripped out. Ambulances, double cabin pick-up trucks, 4WDs, mainly of Toyota and Nissan make are grounded for years but more and more are added on every other year.

In the annual accountability reports by most ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and the Auditor General, the cars are written off as scrap but in some instances, they bewilderingly continue to cost tax payers billions of shillings claim for ground fees, fuel, mechanical service expenses, to mention but a few.

Officials at the Motor Vehicle Monitoring Unit at the Ministry of Works and Transport, which most accounting officers referred to as responsible, told this newspaper they are only responsible for government cars which are on the road. The rest is the business of the respective accounting officers, including permanent secretaries and chief administrative officers (CAOs).
Kyambogo University’s junkyard, for example, has more than 50 grounded cars that can never move again. Several audit reports indicate that officials still requisition money for fuel and maintenance for the grounded fleet during the budgeting process.

Inside the Nakasero State House is also a spectacle of 4WDs - Land Cruiser VXs and Double cabin pick-up trucks that seem unused but some in good condition.
The Ministry of Health, one of the MDAs that operates a large fleet of expensive vehicles, also has about 50 grounded vehicles, some visibly still in good condition.
The story, a sign of abuse and incompetence on the side of accounting officers, cuts across. An investigation by Saturday Monitor reveals that officials have a tendency of grounding cars even for the simplest mechanical excuses so they can be auctioned off and those which are completely worked, parts removed and sold off.

Abuse and grounding
Saturday Monitor sampled a few MDAs and district headquarters counting the number of grounded cars. However, apart from the respective accounting officers, there is no overall authority to ensure that grounded vehicles are either evacuated to create space or to prevent deceit.
Rukia Nakatte, the spokesperson for the Health ministry, explained that it is not a deliberate policy to keep unused cars for long and that the ministry is in the process of either selling off or evacuating those that are still in the yards.

“But what you have to also note is that there are two categories of vehicles; those directly procured by the ministry, and others not directly under us but provided by our partners for projects such as USAID and UNFPA and we keep all of them here,” Ms Nakamatte noted. “So it is not true all grounded vehicles belong to us.”
Government spends at least Shs100 billion on vehicle maintenance and Shs130 billion on purchase of new ones every year. However, each MDA manages its own disposal of old ones and monies apparently reflected or returned as non-tax revenues.

Lawrence Semakula, the government Accountant General, says at the beginning and end of every year, accounting officers in charge of government assets, with the help of the procurement board of survey, identify assets which are obsolete and require disposable.
Auditor General John Muwanga’s report released in April indicates that hundreds of vehicles that only require minor repairs are rotting away in public parking yards and private garages across the country.

Muwanga said “grounded vehicles continue to deteriorate in their economic value due to depreciation arising from the long stay without maintenance.”
Most vehicles, especially local government vehicles, are grounded as a result of being over worked running personal errands for the users.
In upcountry districts, this abuse is wanton. The sight of local government vehicles fetching or transporting animal husbandry-goats, pigs, other items like firewood, farm produce, stocks of charcoal/firewood, is common.
At the end of the day, they are grounded at the district headquarters and requests for new ones made.

In Kampala, you won’t miss a government vehicle parked outside bars, lodges, hotels and other social gathering places sometimes until morning hours. Public Standing Orders require all government vehicles to be parked and secured after working hours, i.e. 8am to 5pm. Where a vehicle is required for official use outside working hours and on weekends, accounting officers are expected to grant this authority in writing.
This has never been the case even after recent campaigns by civil society organisations of naming and shaming abusers of government vehicles.

Going to waste
Semakula admitted there are many cars rotting away in garages and district headquarters but says it is the accounting officers to be held accountable.
These CAOs, he added, are supposed to be guided by the unit charged with vehicle monitoring in the Works ministry. But this unit is perhaps the most inept one. For close to two months, they kept promising this newspaper they will provide information about vehicles but one officer kept referring to another, who referred to another, until it became a circle.

One official said the only database they operate is of fleets operated by each MDAs, which does not include those which have been grounded or written off as scrap. Even when a vehicle is still in good condition but with a small problem, it can easily be disposed of without technical oversight of a competent authority.
One transport officer in one of the ministries admitted, on condition of anonymity, that government cars are usually grounded deliberately.

“These are usually disposed of at a time when new ones are coming in. So as the attention is channeled to the new cars, the old ones are going.”
The ministry in question has about 45 grounded vehicles in its graveyard, but the transport officer intimated that these are left there deliberately as a smokescreen during audit and accounting processes.

“Even at disposal, cars in very good condition and or which have served a small period are sold off by the officials to themselves or those connected to them.”
The Accountant General says a car should serve for at least a maximum period of four years. Most senior officials are actually driving vehicles with a 3,000cc engine capacity, against the specified standard of 2,500cc. And it is these which don’t serve for long, according to one official in the Finance ministry.

“We know there is a lot of mess currently but we are trying to develop an assets management policy (extracted from the Public Finance Act 2015) to detail how all government assets, including cars, should be managed,” Semakula noted.
Civil Society Organisations have in the recent been critical of government and the unabated wanton abuse of cars that is unchallenged by the concerned officials. Julius Kapwepwe, the director of programmes at the Ntinda-based Uganda Debt Network (UDN), an advocacy group, describes the problem as “systemic”.
“It is a reflection of the general lack of accountability as is in other areas in public service,” Kapwepwe points out. We can only talk about them but realising a solution is far from reach.”

By the end of 2005/06 Financial Year, (according to a 2014 report by UDN), government operated at least 8,090 vehicles, which cost tax payers Shs29 billion on fuel and another Shs29 billion on maintenance.
“Actually, the actual size of fleet and cost of maintenance was even higher, since this cost excludes government motorcycles at the national and local government levels,” the report reads in part. Government also spent Shs18 billion on purchase of new vehicles, bringing the aggregate expenditure to 76 billion in the same financial year.


The country of Japan seems to be in the consipiracy of all this mess as it supplies the whole continent of African with second hand cars that have been scraped from their islands. Japan does not want the continent of Africa to have a modern infrastructure in public transport. While at the same time the National Revenue Authority in Uganda taxes heavily these second hand cars to boost its revenue collections. One reckons the tax collected on a single vehicle is equivalent to twice the profit made on that car during its manufacture. This is unacceptable in the international laws of global trade.

In Uganda's medical books, there are forgotten victims of nodding syndrome disease:

By Josline Adiru

Posted  Monday, August 24  2015 

For the last three years, Vicky Aparo, now 18 and her young brother Charles Onencan, 15, have been at Kitgum hospital, battling nodding syndrome since they were first admitted at the facility in early March 2012.
The children were brought to the facility by their maternal grandmother, Christine Auma, after her daughter and the mother of the children and their father abandoned them when they developed the syndrome in 2010.
Auma, a resident of Awere village in Amida Sub-county, Kitgum District, says Aparo who was in Primary Three at the age of 14, was a pupil of Amida Childcare and Primary School in Amida sub-county together with her brother Onencan.
“Aparo started nodding and could not go to school anymore and after a while, her brother also started nodding. No one had a clue what had befallen the children and their parents abandoned them one by one,” recalls their grandmother.
Their father abandoned them claiming he could not take care of useless children and that catering for them was wastage of resources.
According to their grandmother Auma, the children’s father left to marry another woman whom he thought would bear him “normal” children and has not returned since.
“My daughter too got engaged in another affair, leaving the children with no one to fend for them. Owing to their failing health, I decided to take care of them,” says Auma.

Years of admission
“Upon admission at the facility, I had no idea that the hospital would become my home for all these years, the condition of my grandchildren was too severe that I did not think they would live the next day, but now they are better,”
Auma says she is grateful to the health workers at Kitgum hospital for the care given to her and the children. At the time the children were admitted at the hospital, they were all malnourished.
“I used to tie and lock the children in the house so that I could go to the garden to find food for the children since I was the only breadwinner at the time,” she recalls. 
At the hospital, Auma adds, she has made friends who always give her the basics and sometimes, she washes clothes for money in order to buy food for the children.

Time to go home
Much as the children have improved, Auma says going back home will mean that the children’s health will deteriorate since she will have to look for food and attend to the children since their health is not very stable.
Also, Auma reveals that at the moment, she has nowhere to call home since her land was encroached on by family members.
“I am left with a small space to put up my hut, but resources are not available. I wish a Good Samaritan would put up a hut for me so that I can begin a new life and see my grandchildren getting back on their feet,” she appeals.
Barbra Loum, the in-charge of nodding syndrome ward at Kitgum hospital, says when the children were first admitted, they were both unable to talk or recognise anyone.
“They used to have seizures twice or thrice a day, but because of the medication, the seizures have reduced. At times they go for two weeks without seizures,” she says.

Loum adds that the children can go back home but they will need to be monitored. We hope they will get back on their feet and continue with their education.

“According to our interactions with Aparo, she is willing to get back to school, but Onencan, feels more comfortable painting,” Loum says.

At the moment the nodding syndrome ward has six children who are showing signs of recovery.

On the nodding syndrome ward
“On average, there are between 3-15 admissions on a daily basis. Sometimes the children are re-admitted because they are not catered for well by their parents and guardians thus resulting into retardation,” explains Loum.

She adds that in the outpatient department, over 300 children visit the facility for control on a monthly basis.

“ In most cases, these children develop malaria, diarrhoea, malnutrition, seizures and burns are very common since many children are left at home alone and when they develop the seizures they end up falling into fires,” she says.

Dr Geoffrey Akena, the focal person nodding syndrome Kitgum District, says the hospital has done its best and they feel Auma’s grandchildren can be discharged.

“However, whenever we advise Auma to go back home, she points out at very many challenges at home, but we feel she needs to get back home. She cannot be here forever. We do not intend to abandon her, we shall visit her often and engage her other family members to support her, and also call for well-wishers to help her and the children,” says Dr Akena.

He adds the condition of the children has improved although sometimes they relapse when there is no one to look after them since their grandmother has to go out and do casual work in order to earn money to buy food.

About nodding disease

Nodding disease is a neurological condition which mentally and physically retards children. 
The syndrome affects children on average between the ages of 5 and 15.

The condition was first documented in the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) in the 1960s, then later in the Republic of South Sudan in the 1990s. In Uganda, the disease was first reported in 2003.

At least 6,000 children in Acholi sub-region were affected by the syndrome and at least 300 lost their lives.
Affected children develop the characteristic nodding of the head, seizures, malaria, diarrhoea, malnutrition and severe disability.

Sodium valpolate and fortified foods have helped in the reduction of seizures in children. It is estimated that 10 percent of children recovering from the syndrome have talking and walking difficulties.

challenges of treatment for nodding syndrome patients

Despite numerous and extensive investigations in all three countries where the disease has been recorded, very little is known about the cause and mode of spread of the disease are still unknown.

According to Dr Geoffrey Akena, the focal person for nodding syndrome in Kitgum District, the food support towards the nodding syndrome patients has become irregular.

Other challenges that affect children recovering from nodding syndrome include; irregular visits by medical personnel to monitor affected children to assess the progress of recovery.

According to Dr Akena, since January this year, the medical personnel who assess the situation of the children on the ground have never received funds to facilitate them.
“Each time the health workers go for outreaches, they are supposed to be given safari day allowances of Shs17,000, for food and other basics, but it has not been the case, something which has demoralised them,” he says.

Dr Akena adds that as a result, some health workers have shunned outreach programmes as many cannot give services on an empty stomach.

There are 10 medical workers on average who are contracted to carry out regular outreaches in the areas out Tumanguu, Okidi and Kitgum outreaches.

“The essence of the outreach programmes was to cater for those afffected families who cannot trek for kilometres to reach the major health centres in the district. Many parents could not walk for long distances with their sick children to access medication,” says Akena.

“The workers have not laid down their tools per se, but they are irregular in turning up for outreach programmes, yet to us the home visits are vital, since it is on that basis that the condition of the children is assessed,” explains Dr Akena.

District medical authorities have appealed to the medical workers on the outreach programmes to remain calm and bear with the situation as they also engage the ministry to remain committed in delivering the funds on time.

The coordinator nodding syndrome in the Ministry of Health, Dr Bernad Opar, noted that healing is a process that requires combined efforts between the parents and medical workers.

The Ministry of Health is in touch with the Ministry of Agriculture to determine how improved seeds can be given to the affected families so that they can have fast-growing food crops to sustain their families.

Kitgum District has 583 cases of nodding syndrome and 1,451 cases of both nodding syndrome and epilepsy.


The arrival of a Ugandan patient at Mengo Hospital 1912.

Tewali muntu Muganda yenna atalina kwelalikirira ebiro bino. Okutuusa nga omaze okutuka mumalwaliro agetolodde ensi ya Buganda ate n'ensi ya Uganda. Amalwaliro mabi nyo kumutindo gwokujjanjaba abalwadde  abalina buli kika kyobulwadde. Mpozzi era nga ogenze e Mulago ku floor 6 awajjanjabirwa abaggagga abesobola okusasula sente zobujjanjabi. Wano woyinza okusanga obujjanjabi obwomutindo.

Banaffe abatasobola kusasula sente zino bali mukubonabona okutagambika. Era obuzibu buno bwebalimu buwandikiddwako nyo mumpuliziganya nyingi munsi ya Uganda.

Ate no mumawulire mangi ddala waliwo okulaga nti abagagga bangi tebeyunira malwaliro gona agali mu Uganda. Basaba governmenti okubayamba beyunire amalwaliro agali munsi endala ezebweru bagende bajjanjabirwe eyo.

Ekirowoozo ekilabika nga kiyinza okutasa embeera zino kyakulambula malwaliro gano nokugagalawo bwegalabika nga gabulabe eri obulamu bwabantu baffe. Mukifo kyokujjanjaba obulamu ate nekilabika nga amalwaliro gano gajjawo obulamu. Gabulabe eri obulamu bwabalwadde ba Uganda.

Abasawo nabo bonna nga abakugu mumirimu gyabwe balumirwa wamu nabalwadde okulaba nga omutindo gwobujjanjabi gwononese okumala emyaka mingi. Abasawo bangi sibasanyufu mumirimu jabwe era bangi emirimu gino bagivuddemu nensi nebagiddukamu. Basobole okukola okufuna sente ezibamala bo nabamaka gabwe ate era  nokwongera kubukugu abasawo bonna munsi bwebetaaga okujjanjaba abalwadde obulungi kumulembe guno.

Mpozzi era ensonga eyelalikiriza abatuuze ba Uganda ze sente enyingi ezomusolo ezisasulwa mu governmenti newabawo essuubi nti sente zino zigya kutekebwa mukuddukanya amalwaliro gano. Kubanga ebikozesebwa mumalwaliro bingi ddala era byetaga sente nyingi nga oteseeko nedaggala okujjanjaba abalwadde.


OMUTINDO gw’ebyobulamu ogweyongedde okusereba mu malwaliro ga gavumenti mu disitulikiti ezaakolanga Mukono eya wamu gweraliikirizza abamu ku bakulembeze mu kitundu kino ne batiisatiisa okuwummuza ku mirimu beekalakaase okutuusa nga ssente obuwumbi buna ezaaweebwayo Gavumenti ku nsonga eno ziweerezeddwa ne birongoosebwa.

Kino kiddiridde ababaka ba palamenti abava e Mukono abeegattira mu kibiina kya NAWMP n’abakungu okuva mu minisitule y’ebyobulamu mu ggwanga okulambula agamu ku malwaliro ga Gavumenti mu kitundu kino ne basanga ng’embeera gye galimu ekaabya amaziga nga n’abalwadde baliyo ku bwa Katonda.

Eddwaaliro lya Buikwe Town Council Health Cetre III lyasangiddwa nga ne kaabuyonjo teririna, ng’abalwadde balina kwekuniza ate abatayinza kukyebeera nga beesalira amagezi ku nsiko

ne wonna we basanze ekyawalirizza omubaka wa Bunya Iddi Isabirye okusaba liggalwewo kuba kati limansa bulwadde mu kifo ky’okuvumula.

Lyo eddwaaliro ekkulu ery’e Kawolo eryazimbibwa mu 1968 okuyamba abantu mu disitulikiti y’e Mukono n’ebitundu kati ebikola disitulikiti omuli Buikwe, Buvuma ne Kayunga lyatiisizza ababaka olw’embeera gye baalisanzeemu ekyawalirizza omubaka wa Buikwe South, Dr. Michael Lulume Bayiga okulangirira nga bw’agenda okugumba ku kitebe kya poliisi y’e Buikwe n’abalumirirwa ebyobulamu nga

beekalakaasa okutuusa gavumenti lw’eneeteeka ssente ezaayisibwa okuliddaabiriza.

Lulume yalumirizza nti palamenti nti yayisa dda obuwumbi bwa ssente buna n’ekitundu okuddaabiriza eddwaaliro eryo olw’omuwendo gw’abantu omunene be lirina okukolako mu kitundu kino kyokka kati emyaka gisoba mu esatu nga minisitule y’ebyobulamu terina kyekolawo, ate nga n’embeera

yeeyongera okusajjuka n’abantu okufa mu ngeri ey’ekyeyonoonero.

Eddwaaliro liri mu mbeera mbi ng’emidumu gy’amazzi gyazibikira dda, ebyuma ebimu nga X-RAY bimaze emyaka nga bifu, ekinnya kya kazambi kyajjula kyetaaga kunuuna, okujjanjabira abalwadde

abamu mu miti, amasannyalaze gaalyo gavaavaako nga sso lirina n’ebbanja lya masannyalaze lya bukadde 49 eribatudde mu bulago.

Embyo nga biri awo ababaka, n’abatuuze baakubiddwa encukwe endala abakulira eddwaaliro

lino bwe baakabatemye nti teririna kyapa ku ttaka we liri nga waliwo abantu abaatutte emisango mu kkooti nga bakaayanira yiika 23 nti lyali lyabwe ne libanyagibwako mu myaka gya 1968, kyokka nga kati

baagala ttaka lyabwe balikulaakulanye beegobeko obwavu.

Akulira eddwaaliro lino Dr. Joshua Kiberu yategeezezza ababaka nti obutaba na kyapa, kisubizza eddwaaliro lino obuyambi bungi okuva mu bitongole ebigabirizi n’asaba gavumenti ensonga zino

ezitunulemu ng’emberenge tennagaga.

Yategeezezza nti n’abasawo balina batono nga beetaaga badokita 11 kyokka balina bana bokka ate

omu nga tasasulwa musaala.

Wabula minisita w’ebyobulamu Dr. Sarah Opendi naye eyeetuukiddeko e'Kawolo ku Lwokusatu yagambye nti Kawolo tali mu mbeera mbi ng’amalwaliro mu bitundu by’eggwanga ebirala bwe gali nayenaasuubiza nti gavumenti ejja kuliddaabiriza.

Moyo, Uganda, There is a strange illness. The cases have rised to 88 people infected.


Posted Thursday, May 1 2014 

Mr Dominic Lumurecho, the district health inspector, has requested the Ministry of Health and other partners to provide them with materials and a film van for sensitising the masses.




Moyo- The number of people affected by a strange illness in Moyo District has continued to rise, further complicating the task by health officials in discovering the actual disease.

By yesterday morning, the number of those admitted to Obongi Health Centre IV had reached 88, with more cases continuing to be reported.

Four people have so far died of the disease which manifests with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

District health officials say they continue to face logistical challenges in containing the illness.


Mr Dominic Lumurecho, the district health inspector, has requested the Ministry of Health and other partners to provide them with materials and a film van for sensitising the masses.

“Due to the increasing number of new cases, we are currently experiencing shortage of isolation facilities such as tents, carpets, beddings and hand washing facilities,” Mr Lumurecho said.


Dr Joseph Arike, a doctor at Obongi Health Centre IV, said the disease took them by surprise but they have so far managed to contain its spread despite the meagre resources.

“We are yet waiting for response from the Ministry of Health about the disease outbreak,” he said.


Meanwhile, leaders in Obongi County have barred the residents from drinking water drawn from River Nile. They have also closed eating places deemed unhygienic and sanitation in public places has been stepped up.



Eddwaaliro ly'e Mulago litubidde n'abalwadde abatalina ayamba.


May 21, 2014

Obed Sulaiman omu ku bataliiko ayamba.

Bya Prossy Kalule

EDDWAALIRO ly'e Mulago litubidde n'abantu abaleetebwa poliisiwamu n'abeng'anda zaabwe kyokka ne babalekawo awatali bujjanjabi.

Mu kiseera kino abantu bano bali ku waadi ez'enjawulo okuli; 4A,4C,3A so nga abamu basula mu nkuubo z'a ddwaliro

Abamu ku bantu abaabadde ku waadi bannyonnyodde bwe bati:

Obed Sulaiman agamba nti yafuna akabenje bwe yali aleeta ebirime mu kibuga era yagenda okwejjuukiriza ng'ali mu ddwaaliro yadde nga teyasooka kumanya nti Mulago. Akyajjukira nti yali abeera Ssembabule yadde nga yakosebwa nnyo obwongo, tamanyi ngeri gy'ayinza kuzzibwa waabwe.

Emmanuel Serugo yasangiddwa mu waadi 4B: Agamba nti yali abeera Mpigi n'aleetebwa muganda we e Mulago abasawo olw'amugamba nti alina obulwadde bw'ekibumba, eyamuleeta yamuleka ku kitanda teyaddamu kumukubako kimunye!. Kati tasobola kwetambuza wadde okweyamba.

Ate Bayendaki yaleetebwa omuzirakisa kyokka olw'amutuusa abalwadde we batuukira n'amulekerera na buli kati talina amujjanjaba.

Abalwadde abalala baasangiddwa mu waadi ez'enjawulo nga bali mu kkoma, olw'obubenje bwe baafuna naddala ku mitwe, tebamanyi biri kunsi ate tebaliiko bantu babajjanjaba.

Abaafuna obubenje ne bakosebwa emitwe kuliko; Manizal Matovu, eyagwa ku kabenje n'aleetebwa poliisi ennawunyi kyokka nga n'abantu be tebamanyi gy'ali .

Omwogezi w'eddwaliro ly'e Mulago, Enock Kusaasira yategeezezza nti amangu ddala ng'abantu baabwe babalabye bandibanonye kubanga eddwaaliro lisukka omujjuzo lwa balwadde abatalina babayamba.

Edwaaliro eryazimbibwa Governmenti ya Kabaka erikyali eppya terikola:


Posted April 28, 2014.

Bya Lilian Nalubega


ABATUUZE mu ggombolola ya Mituba V Buwulukusi mu ssaza ly’e Bulemeezi balaze obweraliikirivu olw’eddwaaliro Kabaka lye yabazimbira kati mwaka mulamba bukya liggyibwako engalo lyaggalwa ekiyinza okulivaako okugwa.

Abaami ba Kabaka ab’emiruka n’abatongole e Buwulukusi baatudde mu lukiiko lw’eggombolola mwe baategeerezza nti ebbanga lyonna babadde beesunga okujjanjabirwa mu ddwaaliro kyokka kati bagenda baggwaamu essuubi kubanga limaze ebbanga ddene nga liggaddwa ate nga bo basuubira lyali liwedde okuzimbwa.

Baategeezezza nti abalwadde bakyatambula engendo empanvu okugenda mu malwaliro gye basobola okufuna obujjanjabi ate nga lino lyali libawadde essuubi nti baakufuna obujjanjabi obw’amangu nga tebatindizze ngendo.

“Eddwaaliro eryo lyatuzimbirwa ku mulembe gwa Katikkiro Ying. J.B.Walusimbi nga Sipiika w’olukiiko lwa Buganda Nelson Kwalya ye Minisita w’ebyobulamu era nga buli kimu kyali kigenda mu maaso bulungi. Lyaggwa okuzimba naye tewali kikolebwamu ekituleetedde okutya nti lyandigwa olw’omuddo ogulimeramu.

Tugenda ne tulimawo okuziyiza ebisiko okusakaatirawo kubanga tumanyi kino kifo kyaffe. Tusaba Ssaabasajja ajje aliggulewo abantu be batandike okujjanjabirwamu kubanga balina obwetaavu bungi okufuna obujjanjabi obw’okumpi,” Omwami wa kabaka Mituba V Buwulukusi, Goliath Lumbuye bwe yagambye.

Eddwaaliro lino lyazimbibwa mu muluka gwa Mituba II Kalasa mu kaweefube w’Obwakabaka bwa Buganda okulaba nga busembeza obujjanjabi ku bantu ba Kabaka naddala mu bitundu abantu gye batasobola kufuna bujjanjabi bwa kumpi mu bwangu.

Eyali Minisita w’ebyobulamu nga lizimbibwa Nelson Kawalya yategeezezza nti enteekateeka z’okutwala eddwaaliro lino n’amalala nga bwe gaali mu nteekateeka zonna Minisita w’ebyobulamu Dr. Ben Mukwaya azikutte bulungi era zikyagenda mu maaso nga mu kiseera kino afuba okulaba nga gatandika okukozesebwa mu nteekateeka nga bw’eneeba erambikiddwa ekitongole kye.

Amalwaliro amalala agaazimbibwa mu nteekateeka eno kuliko ery’e Nsangi mu Ssaza ly’e Busiro n’eddala eryasuubizibwa okuzimbibwa mu Ssaza ly’e Butambala.

Gye buvuddeko Minisita w’ebyobulamu e Mmengo, Dr. Ben Mukwaya Kiwanuka bwe yabadde ayogera eri bannamawulire ku kirwadde kya fisitula mu Bulange e Mmengo yategeezezza nti bagenda kutandika okukuba ensiisira z’ebyobulamu mu malwaliro gano bajjanjabiremu abantu ku bwereere nga baakusookera mu ddwaaliro ly’e Nsangi.


Mulago nurses petition parliament over eviction

Publish Date: Jul 09, 2014

Chairperson of the Health Committee, Kenneth Omona consoles a group of nurses from Mulago hospital. PHOTO/Maria Wamala


By Moses Walubiri

Nurses on the lower rungs at Mulago National Referral Hospital have petitioned parliament to pull a plug on their imminent eviction from a hostel they claim is worse than a “pigsty” as the wrangle between the hospital administration and some of its ‘foot soldiers’ threatens to play out in the legislature.

The hostel at the heart of the impasse – Queen Elizabeth Tall Tower - is a derelict building erected at the cusp of independence as a transitional accommodation for newly recruited young nurses.

Three months ago, the hospital administration issued nurses a three months ultimatum to vacate the hostel, which to some, has been home for over 10 years.

Yesterday, teary nurses stormed parliament and handed the Health Committee chairperson, Dr. Kenneth Omona, a petition seeking parliament’s intervention into their plight.

“Many of the senior nurses and administrators that want us out of the hostels are themselves staying in hospital houses. Our one-roomed homes are not bigger than their plushy bathrooms. What have we done to deserve this?” Akiror Lydia, an enrolled nurse, said with a tinge of bitterness, before bursting into tears.

Akiror parted curtains on their standoff with the hospital administration, noting that although the latter has genuine concerns, they (nurses) have been pushed between a rock and a hard place.

“The administration claims that we have turned the hostel into our empire – starting families and housing our relatives. But the money we earn cannot afford us accommodation even in slums,” Akiror railed.

Jane Naafa and Florence Awati spewed vitriol on the “mistreatment of nurses” by the hospital’s top echelon, wondering how government expects nurses to give quality care when problems of deprivation and lack of accommodation are gnawing at their minds.

“I cannot allow my children to become nurses. Never! This is a thankless job,” Awati, clad in the snow-white uniform of Mulago nurses said.

According to Akiror, the complex that has capacity for 122 occupants is left with only 77 as other inhabitants have already left helter-skelter following threats on Sunday to disgracefully toss them out.

However, although Omona promised nurses “parliament’s speedy intervention,” Mulago Hospital Spokesperson, Enock Kusasira, downplayed the nurses concerns, accusing them of seeking “public sympathy.”

“Those hostels are for young nurses with no accommodation. The facility is a transitional accommodation for only two years as one establishes capacity to rent. It’s a matter of policy which they know,” Kusasira said, accusing some of the complainants of “renting out” their rooms.

Kusasira revealed that the hospital administration has been left with no option but to forcefully evict the nurses, if necessary, noting that some have declined accommodation offered elsewhere.

Mulago, Kusasira noted, has to find accommodation for 257 nurses that were recently recruited by the Health Service Commission.

With over 900 nurses on its payroll, Mulago perennially grapples with the problem of accommodation.

However, with the ongoing construction of 100 housing units for its staff, Kusasira hopes that many of the hospital staff – in line with government policy on health workers - will find accommodation near the hospital.



Despite an increase in availability of essential medicines and other health supplies, performance of health facilities remains below targets set by the health sector strategic investment plan (HSSIP), a report has found in the country of Uganda:

          A new born baby with its young mother in hospital, Uganda.

The annual health sector performance report unveiled by the ministry of Health on October 20 during the 20th annual joint review mission, shows that the percentage of deliveries in health facilities is still unacceptably low. Although the percentage of women delivering in health facilities slightly increased to 44 per cent in 2013/14 from 41 per cent in 2012/13, the performance fell short of the 65 per cent HSSIP target.

The central region led with over 200,000 deliveries in health units while the western region recorded the lowest facility-based deliveries with only 185,729 deliveries in the financial year 2013/14. Moreover, the percentage of pregnant women attending at least four antenatal care sessions remained stagnant at 32 per cent.

“Despite improved efforts at recruitment and deployment, some of the health facilities do not have some key health workers such as anaesthetists and doctors. Distributional disparities still adversely affect the quality of reproductive health services,” Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the director general of health services in the ministry of Health, said.

Also, the contraceptive prevalence rate of 30 per cent is still below the HSSIP target of 40 per cent. Other parameters that were used to measure the health sector performance include; in and out-patient attendance, functionalisation of health facilities, maternal, infant and neonatal death, human resource and immunization coverage.

The sector demonstrated good progress in immunization of children with 93 per cent of children below one year immunised with the third dose of the pentavalent vaccine, a combination of five vaccines in one that prevents diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, hepatitis B and influenza type B.

The report, however, notes that functionalisation of health centres IV (HC IV) remains a key challenge for the sector despite a significant increment in the compensation of doctors.

A HC IV is the first referral facility in areas without hospitals and their functionality is determined by service standards such as capability to do blood transfusions, maternity deliveries, antiretroviral therapy and long-term contraception and outpatient services.

“This may be linked to the challenge of not having matching improvement in compensation of other cadres of staff that is vital to the team production process at health centres,” the report partly reads.

Some of the best-performing HC IVs include Mpigi, Serere, Mukono CoU, Rukunyu and Nyahuka. The report also indicates that the number of posts filled by health workers has improved from 63 in 2012/13 to 69 per cent in 2013/14 owing to the mass recruitment drive.

Currently, 16, 574 posts in public facilities need to be filled. Of these, health centre IIs need over 7000, Mulago national referral hospital needs 581 and regional referral hospitals need 924 health cadres.

“We need to ensure that trained health workers are deployed and given enough incentives to stay. We should not expect them to be angels. Health workers have been turned into a punching bag. They are being blamed for everything that fails in the system yet some agencies ought to take responsibility,” said Prof Freddie Ssengooba, the chair of health policy and planning at Makerere University, in his keynote address.

Nwoya was the leading district in all parameters, followed by Gulu, Masaka, Lyantonde, Rukungiri and Kamwenge. The worst-performing districts were Amudat, Kaabong, Ntoroko, Moyo, Kween, Sembabule and

kabayekka 2014-10-25


Well then health is much more at base in the homes of these patients. The health workers know this problem every day of the week as they treat these poor health patients. 


During the colonial times, goverments had visiting health workers in areas where patients lived. And they had very good informative reports about what could be done to improve the performance of our local health clinics in our very poor country. 

Neighbourhood communities near Masaka Hospital complain over hospital waste.

By  Malik Fahad Jjingo 

Posted  Thursday, October 30  2014 


Residents say the hospital pit is currently filled and rubbish is being dumped on open ground.

 Masaka- Residents around Masaka hospital have complained over poor disposal of residues from the institution.

The hospital has a pit outside where it dumps waste at Kasubi village, in Katwe Butego Sub-County.

However, residents near the pit claim the hospital is irresponsibly disposing waste.

Residents led by Kasijagirwa village chairperson, Mr Patrick Muyobo, said the pit has filled up with waste, exposing them to the risk of diseases.

The waste includes used cotton wool, gloves, plastic bottles, used blood drips, syringes and needles. Others are amputated body parts and placentas.

Masaka Resident District Commissioner Linos Ngopek said he had instructed the hospital to fence-off the area where waste is dumped for the safety of residents.

He also ordered the hospital to always burn its waste so that it does not accumulate at any particular time.

The hospital administrator, Mr Ellieza Mugisha, said whereas the waste is supposed to be burnt every evening, people responsible had neglected their duties.

But he said the hospital had been given an advanced incinerator that will soon start working thus solving the problem of poor waste management.

Student doctors on intern work in Uganda are on strike in Mbale now two days:RINT

By  David Mafabi


Posted  Thursday, November 13  2014 


Speaking on condition of anonymity, the student-doctors also said hygiene conditions in the hospital staff quarters are poor yet authorities do not bother to renovate the area.

At Mbale- Patients at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital are still stranded as a sit-down strike by intern doctors enters day two.

Seventeen interns, including six pharmacists and 14 nurses, resolved to lay down their tools on Tuesday until the hospital administration and ministry of Health pay their allowances.

The interns argued that they have not been paid allowances since August yet the hospital doesn’t offer them meals.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the student-doctors also said hygiene conditions in the hospital staff quarters are poor yet authorities do not bother to renovate the area.

Daily Monitor visited the hospital yesterday and found nurses, senior doctors and consultants on duty but there were long queues of patients waiting to be attended to.

The chairperson of the hospital management board, Dr Dominic Waburoko, appealed to the ministry for help.

“We are stuck because they boost our services at the referral hospital. Our appeal is that the Ministry of Health urgently looks into their issues,” said Dr Waburoko.

The trainee doctors are supposed to be paid Shs600,000 every month as allowance.

Ms Rukia Nakamatte, the ministry of Health communications officer, said the Finance ministry had delayed to release the funds.

“We had not received the funds from the Finance ministry for the last quarter until last week. But it is currently being credited to respective accounts of the different hospitals across the country,” she said.

Medics in Namutumba use torches to deliver babies 


Posted  Thursday, February 26   2015 

Namutumba- Medical officers at Kigalama Health Centre II in Busoga, deliver babies using torches or candle light at night due to lack of electricity at the facility.

The medics at the centre found in Namutumba District told Daily Monitor that pregnant women are asked to equip themselves with torches as they come for delivery.

Ms Annet Namugosa, a nurse at the facility, said alternatively pregnant women are asked to provide paraffin for wick lamps locally known as tadooba to provide light as they deliver.

“Besides the dangers associated with soot from these lamps, at times babies delivered at night get infections and wounds due to the poor lighting system,” she said.
But poor lighting is not the only shortfall, the facility also lacks adequate space.

It has only two rooms, a maternity ward and another which serves as a general ward.

A member of the Village Health Team, Mr Basalaine Kakose, said more women are now opting to deliver from home at the hands of traditional birth attendants.

Namutumba District woman MP Florence Mutyabule confirmed having received complaints about the poor facilities at the centre, saying they are going to be addressed.

“The plan for electrification is on. One of the lines to be worked on this financial year is the one going to Kigalama and the contract is for June. Once the issue of lighting is sorted out the rest will follow,” Ms Mutyabule told Daily Monitor on Tuesday.