Kisoro Hospital Cannot Conduct Pregnancy Tests

Kisoro Hospital

For the last one year, treat Kisoro district in south western Uganda is not in position to carry out pregnancy tests, malady brucella and typhoid tests after they run out of gloves and some testing reagents.

Kisoro Hospital located at Uganda-Rwanda-Congo border receives more than 5000 patients and more than 300 expectant mothers every month.

A health worker at the facility that spoke anonymously to Chimpreports revealed that the Hospital can no-longer conduct brucella, physician typhoid and pregnancy tests for lack of equipment. The source also told us the hospital laboratory has not tested a single case of typhoid for the last three years, because of the same logistical challenges.

“We have been asking pregnant mothers to buy strips for themselves. Without reagents O and H we will not test typhoid again which is common in the area. For Pregnancy we need HCG strips and for brucella we need BAT reagents for both negative and positive control. Patients without money receive no service,” said the health worker.

Patients in Kisoro hospital now buy gloves for doctors at Shs 6000(3 pairs a day per patient).

Dr. Michael Baganizi the Kisoro hospital Medical Superintendent says that despite placing an order to the National Medical Stores (NMS) to supply the gloves, no supplies have been delivered so far.

As a result, patients have to buy surgical gloves from private drug shops. Surgical gloves are vital for protecting both the medical worker and patient from infections.

Scovia Nyirampano, a resident of Kamonyi in Kisoro town is attending to her husband at Kisoro hospital following his involvement in an accident last week.

She says that each time doctors attend to her husband; she has to provide at least three pairs of gloves. A pair of gloves costs Shs 2,000, which Nyirampano says is costly for her family since they are low income earners.

George Muganza’s wife delivered at Kisoro Hospital on Thursday last week. Muganza says when the medical workers asked him to buy six pairs of gloves he thought they were seeking for a bribe, only to be told that the hospital’s gloves were out of stock.

Abel Bizimana the Kisoro LC5 boss says that he is aware of the problem in the hospital but as leaders they are following it up

“I understand and am aware of the problem,” he said.



Header advertisement
To Top