MPs Want Probe Into Mulago Water Crisis

visit sans-serif; color: #222222;”>During their tour to the hospital yesterday, MPs found out that over 84 water meters were connected to the hospital meter inflating hospital water bills to over Shs 5bn which compelled the National Water and Sewerage Corporation to disconnect the hospital for over two weeks.

The Principal Administrator of Mulago hospital, David Namanya, says that they are working hand in hand with the NWSC to find out exactly who connected the water meters in question to the hospital meters.

The committee also found out that many hospital properties have been rented out to private individuals and yet no money reaches the hospital treasury.

On the most shocking and sad note, the MPs discovered that the number of medical workers at the Labour Ward are understaffed which they say is responsible for the so many deaths of mothers and babies in the hospital.

Not long ago, Chimpreports and other media houses raised concern that Mulago did not have enough oxygen and lacked water which resulted into the outbreak of diarrhea at Mwana Mugimu unit.

Nurses from the Labour Ward who preferred anonymity for security of their jobs told Chimpreports that they were understaffed, the conditions under which they are operating are poor and the wards are too small compared to the overwhelming numbers of needy women.

On average a Labour Ward gets more than 30 pregnant women who just wait for the delivering hour.

The Public Relations Officer Mulago Referral hospital, Enock Kusasiira, refuted the allegations saying, the administration is taking all the steps to ensure that the working conditions are improved.

Medard Biterekeza, the Mbarara Municipality MP, called upon government to construct an independent hospital for ladies mostly handling labour cases if it has to overcome the challenge of congestion.

Byarugaba Baterengana, the Executive Director Mulago hospital, asked the Kaberamaido MP,Kenneth Omona, who chaired the committee to ensure that government addresses the hospital budget by increasing it from Shs 20bn to Shs 50bn every financial year.

The recommendation by the Members of Parliament comes at a time when the government there is a prolonged delay in the construction of health facilities which were promised by government over one year ago.

“Indeed this situation is alarming, government needs to take up an immediate action to avert the situation,’’ Omuna said.


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