Kigorobya health Center IV in Kigorobya County in Hoima district has failed to operationalize its theatre almost
ten years after construction due to lack of an anaesthetic technician.
Anaesthetic technicians are qualified health workers who put
patients to sleep before surgery and control pain during the operation.
In 2012, the government constructed
a theatre at Kigorobya
health Center IV and equipped it with an operating table, oxygen Cylinder, anaesthetics machine and
sterilizer among others.
However, to date, the theatre has
failed to operate fully due to lack of an anaesthetic technician. As a result, the facility
refers all patients in need of surgery to Hoima
Regional Referral Hospital.
Joseph Kyamanywa, a resident of Buhirigi LC 1 in Bombo sub-county wonders why the government has failed to recruit an anaesthetic technician for the last nine years for the facility.
He says that they currently spend lots of money to transport patients in need
of surgery to Hoima Hospital yet the theatre at Kigorobya
health Center IV is lying idle.
//Cue in;”Itwe nka abantu…
Cue out:…Nabo bali baingi.”//
Jackson Rwahwire, a resident of Kigorobya town council has asked the government to recruit and deploy an anaesthetic
the facility to save them unnecessary expenditure.
//cue in: ”In Kigorobya really…
Cue out:…expense is reduced,”//
Josephine Tibananuka, a resident of Runga landing site visited the health
facility and was turned away by health workers who told her that the theatre is nonfunctional.
Sam Ndege, a resident of Kisukuma sub-county most of the patients referred Hoima
Regional Referral hospital for surgery just give up because of the costs
//Cue in;”Kyo kubanza,a…
Cue out:…bicweka bingi muno.”//
A health worker at the facility who spoke to URN on
condition of anonymity explains that they have no other option but to refer
patients in need of surgery to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital due to the
failure to operationalize the theatre.
Dr. Lawrence Tumusiime, the Hoima District Health Officer-DHO admits that the theatre has been idle for long. He, however, says that the government is in the final stages of recruiting an anaesthetic
technician for the