Parliamentary Covid-19 Taskforce visits Hoima Referral Hospital Covid-19 treating unit, cites inadequacies

Hoima Hospital Covid-19 Treating Unit.

The Parliamentary Covid-19 Taskforce has expressed concern over the worrying wide range of challenges at Hoima Referral Hospital Covid-19 Treating Unit.

In their visit that began on Friday, the taskforce highlighted the need to revamp the working environment at the hospital in regard to treating the coronavirus and other diseases.

During the visit, it was noted that the public health facility is still at a sub-standard level in offering general health care service.

Asinansi Nyakato, the Hoima City woman Member of Parliament, wondered why private hospitals have sufficient oxygen in their facilities yet they do not have oxygen plants while public hospitals continue experiencing shortage of oxygen.

The legislator also questioned why private hospitals are charging exorbitantly in treating Covid-19 patients yet the country’s economy is down due to the lockdown.

Audio: Nyakato on private clinics (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The Member of Parliament for West Division in Hoima City cum Chairperson Parliamentary Covid-19 Taskforce for western region, Dr Joseph Ruyonga, lamented that public hospitals are still operating in poor conditions without adequate equipment, drugs and sundries to fight the coronavirus that is claiming numerous lives.

Audio: Ruyonga on equipment (Runyoro/Rutooro)

The Hoima City East Division Member of Parliament, Dr Patrick Mwesigwa Isingoma, observed that there were some gaps crippling better health care at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital saying that such need to be fixed.

He said complaints from members of the public about poor service delivery at the government health facility continue trickling in.

The legislator added that the establishment of a private pharmacy in the hospital continues to create unease among people who say it is contributing a lot to poor service delivery.

However, Dr Isingoma said during an interface with the Hospital Director, the lawmakers were told that a meeting was to be held to sort the existing anomalies in the operation of the pharmacy.

Audio: Isingoma on hospital (English)


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