Within the last two weeks, the health workers say five patients have died from the treatment unit after they delayed seeking medical attention from the hospital while a significant number were involved in self-medication.
“I received the money but not satisfied with the amount sent. I expected more than just one million shillings but the ministry has paid me less and no one is explaining why the money was deducted”, the medic who preferred anonymity because of victimization by the management said.
According to Dr. Etolu, the hospital is preparing psychiatric ward for treatment and management of COVID-19 patients since the current TB Ward, which was turned into Isolation Unit and treatment center is filled up. The current unit has a capacity of only 12 patients.
They include one physician; six clinicians, 12 nurses and 12 hygienists. The hygienists are charged with day to day cleaning of the treatment facility including laundry services across the 100 expanded bed capacity unit.
The Masindi patient is one of the two people who tested positive to COVID-19 on Saturday bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 85 in the country. The other patient who tested positive is a 35-year old Kenyan male driver who entered the country through the Busia border.