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In their guided tour, the MPs found congested wards where patients are sharing beds. Sarah Opendi, the Tororo Woman MP who led the delegation, said that the committee was disappointed with the state of affairs at the hospital.
The Acute ward which is congested

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Legislators on the Public Accounts Committee-PAC have raised alarm over the overwhelming numbers of patients, poor state, and quality of services delivered at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital. The legislators were in the hospital on Monday and Tuesday to ascertain some of the issues raised in the Auditor General’s Report.

In their guided tour, the MPs found congested wards where patients are sharing beds. Sarah Opendi, the Tororo Woman MP who led the delegation, said that the committee was disappointed with the state of affairs at the hospital. She cited the lack of blood for transfusing patients and overcrowding resulting from limited space. 

Opendi noted that they found five children sharing a single bed in the children's bed. The MPs were also concerned about the drug stockouts at the regional referral hospital. They noted that although the facility was supposed to receive drugs worth Shillings 3.6billion in the previous financial year, it only received half of the supply, which forces patients to buy medicine from private facilities.

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Isaac Modoi, the Lutsetshe County MP said the regional hospital, which is supposed to deal with complicated conditions is not doing its job as expected. Dr. Emmanuel Tugainayo, the Director of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital attributed the overwhelming number of patients to the increasing cases of malaria.  

He is, however, optimistic that the problem will be resolved once the surgical complex is completed. Dr. Tugainayo also explained that they are still engaging the  National Medical Stores to find out why they undersupplied them with drugs.

He also revealed the regional referral hospital lacks essential equipment like a CT Scan, MRI unit, and adequate oxygen plant to solve the problem of oxygen.   

 

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Dr. Julian Abeso, the head of the pediatric department in Mbale Regional Referral Hospital told journalists that the hospital serves over 17 districts within the region, and is bound to face such challenges as overcrowding, drug stockout, and blood shortages.   

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