Dr. Amon Bwambale, the Medical Superintendent says the hospital ran out of essential drugs before the planned next cycle of delivery by National Medical Stores-NMS. He adds that the hospital has spent more than three years without an X-ray machine which has affected the handling of medical emergencies.
A visit by Uganda Radio Network on Saturday at the facility discovered that most of the beds that had been occupied by patients have remained vacant. The most affected are the children, male and female wards.
According to Tibamanya, they often fail to manage patients whose conditions requires oxygen because of the intermittent power supply. He attributes that the power problem to the fact they share a single line with neighbouring institutions.
Bosco Ocira, the LC I Chairperson Otici Village who also doubles as the Health Center Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is currently operating partially due to the absence of many health workers.
Geoffrey Okello, the Executive Director of Gulu NGO Forum says herbal medicines can support the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and he advised the government to examine those already in existence since so far, science has failed to discover a remedy yet the infection rates are soaring beyond control.
The facility has received five suspected coronavirus cases with four of these sent into self-isolation without any formal examination due to lack of protective gears and transport. One other walk-in case of contact was picked by the district health team and taken to Bwera Hospital for testing.
Esther Nakiryowa, another patient from Kilembe Hospital, says she had to buy some of her drugs from a private facility since they were not available at the health center III. She says she has no extra money to acquire medicines privately.
The increase in patient numbers follows the elevation of the facility from a Health Centre IV to a Hospital status in September. Records show that the number of deliveries have since increased from 200 to 300 per month, with at least 20 caesarian births, while out patients have increased to 300 visits per day.
The food relief that was handed over to the hospital management on Tuesday include 15000 kg of Posho,3465kg of beans,1400 litres of milk and 350kg of salt. The donated food items will only be distributed to inpatients.
Dr James Muliwabyo, the Health Centre in Charge Kasese Municipal Health Centre III says the number of patients coming to the facility has drastically gone down in the last two weeks. Muliwabyo says on average the facility is currently receiving between 30 and 40 outpatients daily from the previous 60.
Joy Biira, one of protesters said she is often given pain killers and advised to buy essential medicines from private pharmacies. She wondered how the health center can operate without essential medicine.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network that they have decided to monitor the patients in their home due to lack of funds to establish a Yellow Fever isolation center at Bullisa Hospital.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO, says the hospital lacks essential medicines such as anti-malaria drugs, antibiotics, vaccines and medical supplies such as syringes, gloves, catheters and gauze among others.