Bugembe Health Centre Suspends Theatre Operations for Two Years

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According to the deputy in-charge, Dr. Wilson Mwanje, the facility lacks an anaesthetist since the previous one died two years ago.

Bugembe Health Centre IV in Jinja district has not performed surgeries and other theatre procedures for two years.
According to the deputy in-charge, Dr. Wilson Mwanje, the facility lacks an anaesthetist since the previous one died two years ago.
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Mwanje says that the facility also faces a challenge in case of emergencies where expectant mothers have to undergo Cesarean section because the only ambulance that used to transport the patients broke down five months ago after being involved in an accident.
He also notes that the hospital lacks a gazetted ward for the post-surgery admission. He says that this is worsened by the fact that the number of patients admitted in general ward is more than the number of beds.
A URN reporter found Aisha Namada, a 21-year-old resident of Katende village who has delivered her first born from Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. She says that she had to hire a van to transport her to the hospital at a cost of 30,000 Shillings.
"A nurse at Bugembe hospital lent me 20,000 because I had only 10,000 with me. She was my friend. But I'm happy that my baby is safe and I'm also fine," she said
Dr. Dan Balina Nseko, the Jinja hospital deputy director told URN that because some of the health facilities do not fully function, the hospital is getting overwhelmed. He noted that on a daily basis, the hospital delivers 20 to 30 mothers and yet this number is not matched with the supply of drugs and medical supplies.
"So you find that only a few mothers get mama kits because we plan for a specific number of mothers but then we get more than anticipated. This is because some of those health facilities cannot deliver some services and thus patients are referred here," he said.
Bugembe health centre was constructed in 1935 to cater for members of the Busoga royal family. The health centre has a capacity of 50 beds and it now caters for more than 60,000 residents of Bugembe town council.


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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).