By Jumah Nsubuga
Mulago national referral hospital has worried MPs and it is in sorry state.
During the MPs national hospital ward round to mark the celebrations of 51years of independence at Mulago hospital today, the MPs discovered that, the mortuary doesn’t have running water, fregees are not functioning which makes the daddy bodies to rotten from the mortuary.
The legislators toured different wards which included HIV/AIDS, TB, Maleria, Maternal child health among others with the purpose of giving services to the patients.
Katerera county MP in Rubilizi district Hatwid Katoto said that, government should immediately come up and work on the mortuary department in Mulago hospital because it is in sorry state.
“The mortuary is in sorry state. It has no running water, fregees are not functioning and even the attendant’s luck protective gears. It’s worrying and government needs to work on this mortuary immediately” Hon Katoto noted.
The executive director of Mulago hospital Byarugaba Batereyine said that “Mulago hospital is going to be renovated effectively January next year with much emphasis to be put on improving the mortuary”.
Mean while the minister of health Ruhakana Rugunda said that the police mortuary is not functional to why all bodies from Kampala are dropped in Mulago mortuary. He said that “We are going to contact KCCA to make sure that, this problem is solved”
Minister Rugunda also assured MPs that government is planning to recruit over 400 health workers in Mulago hospital which will solve the shortage of health workers in Mulago hospital.
Elsewhere Serere district woman MP Alice Alaso urged the administration of Mulago hospital to work on the problem of patient attendants.
“I urge the administration of Mulago hospital to limit the number of patient attendants. Many people come here with the purpose of attending to their patients but end up doing dirty games here. Some people come to sleep here not to attend to patients. All idle people should be chased from here” She said.
Manafa district woman MP Sarah Netarisire also discovered that in ward 4A only two nurses attends to over 140 HIV/AIDS patients.
When she asked them (nurses) why they are few, they said that they luck human resources.
The MPs also found a prison inmate in HIV/AIDS ward but doesn’t have any body to attend to him. “This man is malnourished. The hospital is neither not proving food to him nor the prison” Hon Sarah Netarisire added.