At least four die, several face death in Kalisizo hospital due to blood shortage.
At least three women and a child have died in recent months due to blood shortages at Kalisizo hospital.
Maria Juuko Nassolo, a Nursing officer, says at least three expectant mothers and a child have died in less than two months because the hospital could not provide blood transfusion.
Nassolo says two of them died due to excessive bleeding, while another woman and a child died last week shortly after they were admitted to the ward.
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Nassolo explains efforts to get blood from the blood bank in Masaka hospital, have yielded not even a single drop of blood.
Dr. George Wagumbulizi, the Kalisizo hospital medical superintendent, said on Friday that several severely sick patients are stranded in the hospital without blood.
Wagumbulizi explains the sitiuation has been aggravated by lack of an ambulance to transfer patients that would otherwise require refferals.
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Agulpina Kiwanuka, a mother to one of the patients came from Botera village in Kirumba Sub County and has for days been stranded at the hospital with no help. She says her daughter, Prossy Najjuma was admitted on Friday morning Kalisizo hospital suffering from malaria and brain complications.
The crestfallen Kiwanuka, said the doctors at Kalisizo have referred her to Masaka hospital for further examinations but the treks to Masaka appears long and winding due to lack of an ambulance.
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On Friday, Rakai district leaders led by area members of parliament, visited the hospital and conducted an impromptu fund raising to hire an Ipsum vehicle to transport stranded patients to Masaka Hospital.
By press time, the leaders led by Mathias Kasamba, MP of Kakuuto and Haruna Kasolo of Kyotera had got the ipsum, stuffed it with some matresse to transport the sick patients.
Kasolo, said he will mobilize resident s to demonstrate if the government does not provide blood and buy an ambulance for the hospital.
Ayub Mutebi, the Masaka Hospital blood bank coordinator, could not be reached to explain why he has failed to supply blood to Kalisizo hospital.