Parents Plead for More Pediatricians in Health Facilities

1582 Views Fort Portal, Uganda

In short
Records from the district health department indicate that there are four pediatricians in Kabarole district. Two at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital and the rest are attached to Bukuku and Kibiito Health Centre IIIs.

Parents in Kabarole district are calling for the recruitment of more pediatricians in health facilities.

Several parents have been subjected for long waiting hours at health facilities before their children get medical attention due to a shortage of pediatricians in the district. Although some health centres have a few pediatricians, others have none, a situation that compromises service delivery in the health sector.

Records from the district health department indicate that there are four pediatricians in Kabarole district. Two at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital and the rest are attached to Bukuku and Kibiito Health Centre IIIs.

Dr. Charles Olal, the director Fort Portal regional referral hospital says that the four pediatricians are supposed to attend to sick children from the seven districts in Rwenzori region.  He adds that the two pediatricians are overwhelmed because each of them handles more than 30 children on a daily basis.

Faith Kakyo, a resident of Rwimi town council says that last year she had to move from one health centre to another for a specialist to treat her three-year-old boy but was later forced to seek treatment at Mulago National Referral Hospital.
 
//Cue in: "Now it has reduced ..."
Cue out: "... dirty food."//
 
Rebecca Ajuna, a parent in Nyakigumba town council in Kisomoro Sub County says that lack of enough pediatricians is putting the children's lives at risk. Ajuna says that she once struggled to seek treatment for her daughter at Kisomoro health centre III and had to spend more than 200,000 Shillings to get adequate treatment in Kampala.

She wants more pediatricians recruited and posted to rural health centers.

Lawrence Asiimwe, a nurse at Kibiito Health Center IV says that there is one pediatrician who is overwhelmed by the large number of children in need of Emergency care. He explains that in most cases infants are handled by general clinicians and midwives, who lack specialized skills to handle babies.

He explains that without enough medical workers, health service delivery at the health centre is compromised.
 
//Cue in: "understanding…
Cue out: "…general clinicians"//
 
Arnold Musinguzi, a health worker at Kibiito Health Centre IV says that the lack of pediatricians also affects the treatment of HIV positive children.  He explains that healthcare workers need to be trained, supervised, and provided with tools to ensure that children exposed to HIV or those living with the virus are identified and enrolled for treatment and care.

 

About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.