Monday April 19 2010

Cash crisis hits Entebbe Hospital

By Martin Ssebuyira


A cash shortage is threatening to ground activities at Entebbe Hospital, Daily Monitor has learn. Officials at the facility told this newspaper that since the start of the year, the hospital has not received any money from the government.

Previously, the hospital was getting Shs38 million per month from the government to run various activities. This has paralysed activities at the hospital that was built by British colonialists in 1906.

The hospital, according to management has received notice from Umeme and National Water and Sewerage Corporation threatening to terminate their services over failure to clear outstanding bills. The facility is the only referral hospital in Wakiso District handling patients from Entebbe, Kalangala, Kampala and the surrounding areas. Hygiene is appalling because cleaners who have spent months without pay only turn up for duty for formality but hardly do any cleaning.

No drugs
“We order patients or their attendants to buy exercise books where we write to prescribe medicine for them because there is no money to buy proper drug prescription forms, a nurse who preferred anonymity, in order to speak freely said.

Despite being near to the National Medical Stores, the medical facility cannot pick its consignment from the stores in time. “The vehicle that used to pick the drugs was grounded due to lack of fuel,” she said. The Medical Superintendent, Dr Moses Muwanga, said their only hope is in the government to arrest the situation.

The Director General of Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr Nathan Kenya Mugisha, admitted that there were delays in dispersing money for the first quarter in government hospitals but the problem would soon be fixed.