February 29, 2024

Kagadi General Hospital overwhelmed by rising numbers of patients, DHO reveals

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Laura Aspinall, a midwife from UK working with Hampshire and Hoima hospitals charity during the CME training at Kagadi Hospital on Tuesday

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KAGADI

The Kagadi District Health Officer Theodora Kajumba has revealed that Kagadi General Hospital is currently overwhelmed by a big number of patients compared the number they are supposed to be handling.

Theodora revealed this during a Continuous Medical Education (CME) workshop held yesterday (Tuesday) at Kagadi General Hospital premises being facilitated by Hampshire and Hoima hospitals charity with support from Kagadi People’s Secondary School.

Theodora said Kagadi General Hospital was constructed to handle only 100 beds, saying currently they are serving all the 36 Sub Counties that have 900 villages and other neighboring districts.

Health workers at Kagadi Hospital during the CME training on Tuesday

She said in Kagadi they don’t have any public Health Centre 4 to decongest the Kagadi hospital saying they only have only 3 doctors out of 11 doctors they are supposed to be having due to challenges of the wage bill.

The Kagadi General Hospital medical superintendent, Doctor Gregory Kaijamurubi also expressed concern over lack of man power and shortage of equipment needed to handle the number between 300 and 600 of mothers giving birth per month at the hospital.

After the Continuous Medical Education workshop for medics of Kagadi general hospital, Laura Aspinall, a midwife from UK working with Hampshire and Hoima hospitals charity said their aim of the workshop was train medics on how to reduce maternal death.

Students of Kagadi People’s with the friends from Hampshire and Hoima hospitals charity

Laura said they have been working with Hoima Regional Referral Hospital saying now they have included Kagadi General Hospital towards the cause.

Meanwhile, Andrew Koolya, a scholar in Child Maternal Health Care and also an Old Boy at Kagadi People’s SS said as old students of Kagadi people’s secondary school and the management they decided to organize the Continuous Medical Education for medics for the benefit of the community using Kagadi General Hospital.

Koolya said they reached this idea after they visited the Hospital’s Maternity ward in December 2022 where they found a number of issues to be addressed.

“We said let us look for our friends and do something for our community. We are glad that management of Kagadi People’s SS agreed to support them and a number of activities have been conducted in the same line,” Koolya said.

In May 2023, Old Boys and Girls of Kagadi People’s SS organized the Nurses and Midwives day celebrations an event that was held at Uphill Hotel in Kagadi town to celebrate the tireless efforts of the health workers at Kagadi Hospital.

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