Moroto Regional Referral Hospital has launched a feeding program to encourage and attract the locals to the health services at the regional referral hospital.
Dr. Alex Andema, the Hospital Director told Uganda Radio Network on Monday, that the feeding program was established in response to the low response by patients to the hospital services. He said several patients admitted at the hospital are without attendants and most of them end up either running away from the hospital before being discharged or default taking drugs for lack of proper feeding.
Dr. Andema said the hospital registered serious increase of drug resistance in TB and HIV/AIDs clients while others have died. He said that with the establishment of the feeding program that started this financial, the hospital has received remarkable increase of patients visiting both the Out Patient Department and those being admitted at the hospital.
He explained that under the feeding program, patients are fed on porridge for breakfast and beans and posho or rice for lunch. The feeding program is costing the hospital between 20 and 30 million shillings.
He said they are using part of the shillings 635 million that government gives the hospital for recurrent expenditure that include procuring services and supplies for the day to day running of the hospital.
Dr Andema said this is also part of the hospital’s responsibilities to offer quality care and services to the patients.
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