Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital executive director Celestine Barigye has said the hospital is underfunded yet it handles cases beyond its level.
He appealed to government to increase the hospital’s budget or elevate it to a national referral status. Dr Barigye was on Wednesday responding to concerns that patients who go to the hospital expecting free services are instead told to buy drugs from private pharmacies.
“This is a regional referral hospital but we go beyond that level. For instance, we have a cancer clinic, we handle failed kidneys, some of these patients would be going to Mulago National Referral Hospital. So this creates shortage of some of the drugs. Government should increase the [hospital’s] budget or promote it to a national referral status,” Dr Barigye said.
He was speaking at a handover of 100 mattresses worth Shs9.6m donated to the hospital by KCB Bank, Mbarara branch on Wednesday as part of their corporate social responsibility.
Dr Barigye said the congestion at the hospital is caused by limited space. He requested the Health ministry to complete the works at the hospital to solve the problem.
The hospital receives between 380-420 patients daily and about 50 babies are delivered every day at the facility.