Worry as children share beds at Nebbi Hospital

NEBBI- Children admitted to the Pediatric Ward in Nebbi Hospital are sharing beds due to the limited number of beds.

The in-charge of outpatient department, Ms Winifred Akumu, said the children’s ward, which is meant for about 60 patients, is accommodating more than 100 patients.

“We are forced to admit patients on the floor since there are no alternative beds for emergency cases in the hospital,” Ms Akumu said at the weekend.
She said sharing of beds in the hospital increases the risk of spread of diseases, especially for the communicable ones.

The hospital medical superintendent, Dr Charles Kisa, said they admit between 1,000 and 1,300 patients in the pediatric and maternity wards every month, which numbers surpass the number of beds.

Mr Kisa said the overwhelming numbers of patients at the hospital are due to the influx of patients from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

He said every day, the outpatient department records between 300 and 500 patients, with cases of malaria and pneumonia among children featuring prominently. “The hospital will be rescued from the accommodation problem if the ongoing rehabilitation at the hospital is completed,” Mr Kisa said.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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