PATIENTS OVERWHELM FORT-PORTAL POLICE MEDICS
By Sylvia Kugonza
Following the Uganda Medical Workers strike demanding for the pay rise Fort portal police Barracks health center III is overwhelmed by the patients who come for treatment.
According to Rwenzori police spokes person; Lydia Tumushabe, before the strike, the health unit used to receive between 40 and 50 patients daily but now they are receiving over 80 and 90 a day.
She stated that the health unit has only 10 health workers with one Regional surgeon, a clinical officer, comprehensive nurse, two laboratory attendants, one health inspector, records In charge, one nursing assistant and two VTS which she says the number of patients is bigger compared to staffing.
Tumusabe said that in the health unit they handle namely malaria, Typhoid, testing and treatment, immunizing antenatal care among others disclosing that they have run out of drug stock outs.
The PRO also said that for this reason they have applied to the district health officer for drug supply especially ARVS.
She explained that due to this challenge they only handle few emergency cases and refer others to private hospitals since there are no doctors at Buhinga.
On 16th November 2017 at Karambi sub county head quarters leaders from Kabarole district assured the president that Medics from Kabarole had not joined their colleagues in the strike.
Meanwhile before the president came, the district chairman Mr.Rwabuhinga Richard convened the urgent meeting with the health center in-charges following reports that the people were shunning the facilities after the medical workers went on strike.
The district chairman reminded the medics of their oath and calling to serve and save the people’s lives.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.