Rakai and Kalisizo Hospitals Grapple with Lack of Key Medical Equipment

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The lack of key hospital medical facilities has forced two leading hospitals in Rakai to share one X-Ray Machine and Ultra sound machine.

Lack of key medical equipment has forced two leading hospitals in Rakai to share one X-Ray Machine and Ultra sound machine. The hospitals are Kalisizo hospital and Rakai hospital which is located at the district headquarters. Both Kalisizo and Rakai Hospital lack key medical equipment which is vital for better service delivery.

Some of the standard Hospital requirements include an operational theater complete with equipments, an ambulance, and specialized wards for both male and female patients. A hospital must also have a pharmacy, store, x-ray machines, ultra sound machines, maternity ward, mortuary and medical experts. Dr. Aloysius Kibuuka, the Assistant Medical Rakai Hospital says the hospital lacks 90% of the required facilities.
Dr. Kibuuka says as a result of the lack of the required facilities such a spacious operational theater. He says that the health workers are forced to operate all patients in the same theatre irrespective of their complications and sex. Dr. Kibuuka says that the hospital also shares one X-ray and Ultra sound machines with Kalisizo Hospital which is about 25km away.  

He explains that patients first trek to Kalisizo hospital for examination and then return to Rakai hospital with a medical report for treatment.
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The shared X-Ray machine and Ultra Sound Machine were recently donated to Kalisizo Hospital by Rotary Club International. Dr. Kibuuka says the lack of a specialized theatre for handling expectant mothers forces them to perform cesarean section in the general theater. He however says this is risky because it exposes mothers and their new born babies to infections from other patients.
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When contacted for a comment Dr. George Wagumbulizi, the Kalisizo Hospital Medical Superintendent refused to speak to URN reporter on the impact of sharing an X-Ray machine and Ultra Sound Machine with Rakai hospital. He told URN that the news report about Kalisizo hospital is useless. He accused the media of always writing negative stories about the hospital. The patients claim it is now very difficult to get an operation in any of the hospitals in Rakai district due to lack of facilities.

Dr. Robert Mayanja, Rakai district medical officer says he has written several letters to Ministry of Health about the lack of facilities in these hospitals but they have not received any response. He claims that the Ministry only promised them an Ambulance before the end of the year but he is not sure whether they will get it. Benon Mugabi, Rakai LC5 Chairman says the district council approved 120million shillings in the recent budget to construct a modern maternity ward.

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The conditions in other health Centers around the district are even worse with no health workers and blood storage facilities. . They include Kakuuto Health Center IV, Kacheera Health Center III and Kyeebe health center II. Others are Mutukula health Center II, Kabwoko health Center II, Kilumba health center among others.


About the author

Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

Truant children will attract Bindhe's attention until he gets to the bottom of their truancy: poverty and the need to work to earn bread for their families. These are the kinds of stories Bindhe is often after.

Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.