July 20, 2024

Kagadi Hospital Ambulance breaks down, COVID 19 patients transported by pickup vehicles to Hoima RRH

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KAGADI

Kagadi hospital administration is stranded after its ambulance ran into mechanical breakdown thus hampering the transportation of COVID 19 patients to the referral Hospital in Hoima.

This is after the ambulance Reg. No. UAL 614J broke down after 11 years of continuous service and thus asking government to come to their salvage by availing them with another ambulance to ease health services.

Mr Simon Peter Tumusiime the Kagadi hospital administrator says that they received this ambulance in 2010 from the infectious diseases institute under the project saving mother giving life (SMGL) and that this ambulance has been working for long thus its breakdown.

Mr Simon further recounts that they have written to the ministry of health permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwiine through the chief administrative officer Kagadi asking for a new ambulance and they are yet to receive response.

Dr James Olowo the Kagadi district Health officer says that they have reached an extent of using a pickup vehicle to transport sick people something that puts lives of patients at risk.

Dr Olowo further says that even with the breakdown of the hospital ambulance, they do not have fuel to use as a hospital thus asking for an ambulance of Grade B standard.

They ask non-governmental organizations and government to help Kagadi hospital by securing an ambulance for this health facility.

On Monday, a COVID 19 patient died at Kagadi Hospital on allegations of lack transport means to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital and this has increased fear among the community and district leadership.

When Kagadi district lost the first life to COVID 19 last month, the body was driven by the district production double cabin vehicle from Hoima to Kagadi.

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