By Yosam Gucwaki
Patients at Masindi main hospital are demanding for the building a new hospital to accommodate the increased number of patients referred and admitted at the facility.
The hospital which was built in 1926 by colonialists was planned for 100 bed capacity and has never been expanded despite the increased population in the district.
Masindi hospital which is also used as mini referral currently serves Masindi, Bulisa and Kiryandongo Nakaseke and Nakasongola districts.
Ayesiga Julian Sarah, a resident of Masindi says she was forced to sleep on the flour with her new born twins after delivering last year to give space for the new expectant mothers in labour ward.
She adds that she had to leave the bed for other expectant mothers and sleep down on flour with her new born twins.
Ayesiga further explains that there is only one delivery bed in the labour ward which cause other expectant mothers not be worked on time.
He says that they were first put on a veranda for a day as they waited for other patients to leave the bed.
Dr Katusiime Vincent, the hospital spretendant admits the space being small in hospital saying that they have written to relevant authorities for requesting for the expansion of the hospital in vain. He says that due to the lack of space, they cant admit patients in every ward noting that they also use corridors to accommodate other patients.
Masindi district local government recently received 200 millions from government for renovation of the male ward which was renovated without extension.
Dr Katusiime further decried shortage of healthy workers at the hospital saying the ratio of doctors to patient is massively increasing due to increased patients in the hospital which makes them work over time saying that they would like the Ministry of healthy to look into it.
Kanti Rogers, a resident of Masindi blamed the area Members of Parliament for not following up on the matter at national level.
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