Dr Barigye told MPs on the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there is urgent need to elevate the facility due to the expertise they have in their teaching hospital at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
The expired drugs found in the stores included Loperamide Hydrochloride Capsules, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12 Folate Tablets, Syringes, Oral Morphine, Mebendazol 500mg, CD4 Reagent tests, Malaria HRP2 Test Kits, Determine HIV ½ Test Strips, Therapeutic milk, Blood Lancets and others.
Members of Parliament sitting on Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have queried the accumulated domestic arrears for Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital currently standing at 1.92 billion Shillings.
Dr. Celestine Barigye, the Hospital director says the hospital does cannot afford to fuel a standby generator to run vital machines in the theater, the accident and emergency wards in the absence of power supplied off the national grid.
Medjomo Coulibaly, The ADB country director observes that there exists a wide funding gap that needs to be addressed in the education and health sectors. He says only increased funding will promote positive change in rural Uganda, where service delivery is overwhelmingly lacking.
Mbarara referral hospital staff who took part in a meeting that resolved an industrial strike over delayed salaries risk losing their jobs. The hospital executive director, Dr. George Upenytho, says the board will sit this Friday to determine the fate of the health workers who were behind a sit down strike announced last Wednesday.