By Innocent Atuganyira
Masindi general hospital management has installed individual lighting systems and yaka meters in staff quarters after water and electricity bills hit over 100 million.
Richard Kiiza the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer told www.mknewslink.com reporter that the hospital debts are increased due to meager funds the hospital receives from central government.
“The hospital consumes more than what it receives from the central government, therefore it can’t clear the debt to zero balance,” he noted.
He added that since the hospital receives little funding which cannot sustain all the bills and activities, the hospital authorities have embarked on using a water pump to beat the water bills.
According to Kiiza, the district is soon writing to the finance ministry for an urgency funding to clear both water and power bills.
Felix Twinomugisha the Masindi general hospital medical superintendent said that the hospital has a debt of 88million for power, and 36million for water.
Masindi district local government, advised the staff who reside in the hospital staff quarters to install their own yaka system and start clearing own power bills due to the accumulated debt.
During a visit at the hospital recently, Hon. Francis Mwijukye the Buhweju Member of Parliament said there is urgent need of the Masindi hospital funding due to its condition.
The legislator said they shall push the matter with the members of parliament from Bunyoro to ensure the problem is solved.
Kenneth Kiiza Nyendwoha the Bujenje Member of Parliament wants the government to have contract with the National Water and Sewage Cooperation and UMEME to supply water and power at government hospitals at no cost.
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