Although Kawolo hospital receives a big number of emergencies because of its strategic location along the busy Kampala-Jinja Highway, the facility has a single ambulance registration number UG 3633M that was bought during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting-CHOGM 2007.
The constant breakdown
of the only ambulance at Kawolo hospital has forced management to reserve it
for critical emergencies in Ssezibwa region.
hospital receives a big number of emergencies because of its strategic location
along the busy Kampala-Jinja Highway, the facility has a single ambulance registration
number UG 3633M that was bought during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting-CHOGM
The hospital receives Shillings
5 million for fuel and maintenance of the ambulance monthly. On average, the
ambulance runs three times to the community and to Mulago hospital each day responding
to critical emergencies. Records at Kawolo hospital show that the facility receives
30 cases of emergencies each day.
and 12 of these are a result from road accidents. Dr. Joshua Kiberu, the Medical Superintendent
Kawolo Hospital explains that they are only able to handle limited injuries and
refer critical cases to Mulago National Referral Hospital and other specialized
He however, says that they decided to limit the ambulance to critical emergencies and referrals due to limited fuel and its
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During the renovation
exercise, the hospital accident and emergency department was expanded to
include a modern Intensive Care Unit-ICU and CT scan to handle sensitive and
critical emergencies, trauma, orthopedic surgeries and physiotherapy.
However, Dr. Kiberu
notes that government is still the hospital to start handling critical emergencies.
Muhammad Kakande, a resident at Nakazadde in Lugazi town
claims that to access the police ambulance, they are charged between Shillings
20, 000 to 50, 000 for fuel depending on the distance.
He believes that once
the new emergence department is equipped, services will get close to
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“The hospital is now
giving a good impressive picture while passing along the road but services are
not that satisfying yet the entire region depends on it for services”
Hassan Wasswa Ziraba, another resident wants government to increase the budget
for fuel to ease referrals especially from the lower rural health units to