By Emmanuel Omona
Gulu district leaders have summoned the Administrators of Gulu Regional Referral to explain why they left 2 dead bodies in the ward without being taken to the mortuary over the week end.
The Bungatira Sub County LC5 Council Balington pa’ Ongwech alleges that a 75 year old woman, Tina Awino, a residence of Bobi sub County died at 4:00AM last Saturday from the Medicine ward at Gulu Regional referrals Hospital and was left until 9:00Am on Sunday, when her body was removed.
The Deputy Speaker for Gulu District Local Council Joyce Alima while talking to the press criticized the Hospital adding that they have summoned the Administrators of Gulu Regional Referrals Hospital to appear in August to explain well.
“Following what the 2 councilors have noticed, I have summoned the Hospital authorities to appear in our full council meeting in August to explain why they could not take the dead bodies to the mortuary”, Alima said.
Alima claimed that this is not the first time the hospital has been accused for negligence.
Pa’Ongwech added that also over the week end, another patient, Suzan Aciro, a resident of Amuru District died at 9:30 PM and that her body was removed on Sunday at 9:00 AM.
Dr. Nathan Ongaci, the Director for Gulu Regional Referrals Hospital when contacted on the phone said that he’s not aware of the incidence adding that he is away on official duty in Kampala.
In 2011, a newly born baby was allegedly left unattended to and bled to death in Gulu Regional Referrals Hospital.
The Incidence triggered a lot of concerns by local residents in Gulu who described the act as negligence by the medical authorities.
Trauma caused on Patients in the hospital
Dr. Thomas Oyok, a psychiatrist from Gulu University, tells that once a patient has died they should be removed immediately and taken to the mortuary to spare other patients from the stress.
“Patients who died from a hospital should be removed away immediately and taken to the mortuary so that they do not traumatize the rest of the patients in the hospital”, Oyok said.
He said that in Uganda, there are fewer medical personnel, where by one or Two Nurses serve over 100 or more patients.
Dr. Oyok adds that, “to avoid trauma, the relatives looking after their patients should inform the Nurse on duty so that they can help”.