CONSTANT LOAD SHEDDING KILLING NEW BORN BABIES AT MASINDI HOSPITAL
By Yosam Gucwaki
New born babies who are born with complications are at risk of dying due to lack of steady power supply to the neonatal unit at Masindi main hospital.
This was revealed by Sister Agaba, amid wife at Masindi main hospital while speaking during a district feedback meeting organized by Save the Children International which was held at the district health boardroom yesterday.
Agaba explained that Save the children International donated equipment like an incubator and oxygen concentrator to the neonatal unit which require steady power supply adding that new born babies who are born with complications are at a risk of dying due to the inconsistent power supply.
She added that when power goes off the whole process which is being carried out by electricity to run equipment stops leading to the death of the new born something she said is putting lives of new born in danger.
Agaba added that this problem can be addressed by putting in place a stand by generator hence calling upon the hospital management and the district leadership to do the needful to address this.
Sister Nyandera Consolant also working with Masindi main hospital said that the Outpatient Department (OPD) was cut off from the power supply though she did not tell when it happened adding that all tests that require power are not carried out due to lack of power.
She added that some of the eqiupment cannot be run by solar energy noting that this has affected their work.
Responding to the matter, the District Health Officer Masindi Dr. John Turyagaruka explained that the district leadership is aware of the matter because the Chief Administrative Officer Masindi is currently engaging the ministry of health to address the matter.
Ariyo Titus, the secretary for health Masindi at the district, said that they are also regretting the situation saying that as leaders they are doing the needful by engaging the relevant offices.