Bugiri Hospital Struggling to Operate Without Electricity

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In short
Power supply to Bugiri General Hospital has for the last five months been operating without electricity after it was disconnected over an accumulated bill of over 100 million Shillings.

Power supply to Bugiri General Hospital has for the last five months been operating without electricity after it was disconnected over an accumulated bill of over 100 million Shillings.
  
Health workers are struggling to attend to patients, including delivering mothers at night, without electricity.
  
Aanyu Angella, a registered Midwife at the hospital told URN that they have resorted to using phone torches for lighting when mothers go into labour at night.
 
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The hospital delivers over 150 mothers every month. Aanyu notes that the facility risks the lives of mothers and their babies since they cannot handle emergencies especially the premature babies.
 
She adds that the situation worsens when a mother has to undergo ceaserian operation. These are in most cases referred to Jinja regional referral hospital which is over 50 kilometres away.
 
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The hospital has since January this year suspended some of the services such as conducting laboratory tests.
 
Dr Stephen Isabirye, the acting Medical Superintendent said the limited funding to the hospital has crippled service delivery. He says the hospital receives 37 million Shillings every quarter which cannot cater for all the bills including water, electricity and general expenses.
  
Isabirye says sometimes they use a generator but fueling it becomes a challenge. He adds that a result of power disconnection the hospital lost vaccines worth five million shillings which needed refrigeration.
 
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Aggrey Matege, the Assistant Inventory Management officer, says that the hospital cannot sterilise  equipment, putting the lives of patients and health workers at risk. He notes that most equipment is now nonfunctional due to power disconnection.
 
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Joyce Nabakka, one of the patients told URN that lack of electricity in the hospital exposes the facility to criminals.
  
"You cannot move out of the ward and leave the baby alone. Anything can happen," she said.

 

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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).