Naguru hospital: The sad story of a new health facility

Right, a long queue of patients. The queues usually start early in the morning and one can stand for hours before seeing a doctor. The hospital say they receive about 500 out-patients every day. Photo by Rachel Mabala

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Set up hardly a year ago, Naguru hospital is already suffering many woes including no pay for some of the staff.

It is a beautiful Wednesday morning. At 5.30am, I embark on a mission to spend a few hours at the newly constructed China-Uganda Friendship referral Hospital at Naguru.
I intend to find out what is happening at the hospital that was set up with the aim of decongesting Mulago National Referral Hospital, despite the fact that it is now facing numerous problems, from cleaners demonstrating for their two months’ salary arrears, to patients going without essential medication.

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