Nakaseke Hospital Grapples with Increased Operational Costs

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Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC V Chairman says the district is cash strapped and cant help finance the hospital.

Nakaseke Hospital is struggling to operate on a tight budget following the redevelopment of the facility. In March last year, government contracted Yanjian Company Limited, a Chinese firm to renovate Nakaseke Hospital at the tune of US $ 5.09million about Shillings 17.6 billion.

The construction work included the renovation of the existing facilities and construction of additional blocks. Yanjian Company Limited completed the refurbishments works and handed over the facility to Nakaseke Hospital management in September this year.

Ntumwa Matovu, the administrator Nakaseke Hospital says following the renovation work, they created several points to improve service delivery to residents. Some of the new service points include an immunization center, diabetes ward, four laboratories, HIV/AIDS and Outpatient units among others. 

Matovu says the developments at the hospital have come with additional costs although government is yet to top up on their annual release of Shillings 133 million. He cites the monthly power bill that he says has jumped from Shilling 2.5 to 10 million. Matovu says they are now stuck with a power bill of Shillings 27 million.

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Matovu says the cost of cleaning the hospital, vehicle maintenance and running the water borne toilets have also doubled. The hospital is also facing a shortage of 150 staff and 70 maternity beds to reach its full potential.

Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC V Chairman says the district is cash strapped and can't help finance the hospital. According to Koomu, they want Nakaseke hospital elevated to a referral to attract additional funding from government.
Sam Mwanje, a patient says sanitation in the new wards is likely to deteriorate because most patients don't know how to use flash toilets yet there no workers to regularly check them.

Lukia Nakamatte, the spokesperson Ministry of Health says they have received complaints of low funding from all newly renovated hospitals. She says they have advised the hospitals to submit revised budgets to the Health Ministry for consideration in the next financial year.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.