More than 250 squatters have encroached on the 47 acres of the hospital land. The encroachment has affected the hospital's plans for expansion and the construction of a regional Heart Institute in the area.
Dr Nathan Onyachi, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, says that the hospital asked all health workers that had lost the houses, to file appeals so that their cases can be looked into by the hospital management.
Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Medical Director Masaka Hospital, says the council reopened the closed facility after their biomedical engineer fixed the radiation leakage, which led to its closure. He says a team of officials from Uganda Atomic Energy Council inspected the facility and cleared it to reopen.
Justus Nsabimana, one of the leaders of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union at Masaka Hospital, says at least 20 nurses have been ordered to leave the staff houses for failing to reapply. He says that they didn’t get any communication from the hospital as to why even those that have been occupying the staff houses had to reapply, something which they referred to as mistreatment by the hospital authorities.
The power crisis has seriously affected medical services at Masaka regional referral Hospital. Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Masaka Hospital Director says although they now use generators daily, there are other equipment that cannot run on generator. She says the equipment used in neonatal unit does not use a generator.