Dr. Moses Muwanga, the Director Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, says the hospital was increasingly becoming an unsafe and there was a need to shut down all other services and deploy health workers from other departments to support those already managing COVID-19 cases.
Referral Hospital has shut down all departments to focus on coronavirus
diseases-COVID-19 patients. This comes a few days after the hospital
scaled down its operations last week to create more space for COVID19 patients.
However, on Monday, Entebbe
Regional Referral Hospital shut down all outpatient departments and in patient
services to focus on managing suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases. With a capacity of 200 beds, the hospital has so far
earmarked 21 beds for confirmed cases and 40 beds for suspects.
Dr. Moses Muwanga, the
Director Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital, says the hospital was increasingly
becoming an unsafe and there was a need to shut down all other services and
deploy health workers from other departments to support those already
managing COVID-19 cases.
50 health workers have since joined 20 staffs
who have been manning the isolation unit. However, the decision
hasn’t gone down well with some residents. Steven Kankya and Irene Nambalirwa,
both residents of Entebbe, say management should have left at least one wing
for the general public because private health facilities charge exorbitant
They say laboratory
tests for malaria, typhoid, blood count, HIV are free at the hospital but
private facilities between Shillings 5000 and 6000 for the same services.
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At St Mary's Medical
Services, an expecting woman pays on average Shillings 100,000 for
antenatal and tests for urine, blood group, ultrasound scan among others compared
to only Shillings 10,000 they pay at the hospital.
Dental, maternity and post
natal care costs are cheaper at the hospital. Entebbe Regional
Referral Hospital serves a population of about 1 million from Entebbe, Katabi
town council and island districts of Kalangala and Buvuma among others.