Parts of Adjumani hospital unsafe for use - experts

Thursday January 2 2014

By Martin Okudi

ADJUMANI- A joint team from the Ministry of Health and the Belgian Technical Cooperation has declared parts of Adjumani hospital “unfit for harbouring human beings”.

The condemned structures which have cracks on the walls include the out-patient department, the hospital boardroom and maternity ward. The team advised the hospital administration to cordon off the areas to avoid loss of lives in case the structures collapsed.

A preliminary report availed to the hospital management showed that the soil texture cannot carry the weight of the structure, and that there was a problem with the design. The team recommended that the affected parts of the structure be demolished before general renovation takes place.

Adjumani hospital receives at least 600 people at the out-patient department daily, while on average the facility receives about 150 new-born babies monthly.

Dr Dominic Drametu, the Adjumani hospital medical superintendent, said they have tried their best to move patients away from the affected rooms to adjacent places but most of the patients have remained defiant. “I urged the concern authorities to come to our aid because prevention is better than cure,” Dr Drametu said.

Ms Christine Ajuo, a patient at the hospital, said: “I refused to relocate to the new place which they were directing us because it is worse than where we are now.”

Ms Jessica Ababiku, the Adjumani District Woman MP, promised to make a follow up. “I will follow up this matter with relevant authorities before the cracks extend to other parts of the structure,” she said.

Some district officials are now asking whether the money was worth the quality of the work done.