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Lwengo Accident Victims Share Beds In Lyantonde Hospital

Survivors of Lwengo bus accident that occurred on Tuesday morning are being forced to share beds at Lyantonde hospital. The total number of accident survivors admitted to the hospital is 12.
Lwengo accident survivors L. Missi Philip and Nzerimaana sharing a bed in Lyantonde hopsital

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Survivors of Lwengo bus accident that occurred on Tuesday morning are being forced to share beds at Lyantonde hospital.

The accident claimed 14 lives and left 45 others critically injured when a Horizon bus UAM 937B overturned on the Mbarara-Masaka highway.

The bus was travelling from Kisoro to Kampala when the driver lost control near Malongo trading centre, Lwengo district. The bus overturned several times and caught fire.

The accident survivors of the September 18 tragedy were then rushed to Mbarara hospital, Lyantonde hospital and others to Kyazanga health centre.

Uganda Radio Network (URN) visited at Lyantonde hospital and managed to speak to at least five of the accident survivors admitted there. URN found that they were either sharing beds or sleeping on the floor.

The total number of accident survivors admitted to the hospital is 12.

Misi Philip, who suffered arm and leg wounds, explained that he had no choice but to sleep with another patient on the same bed.

Aloysius Nzerimaana, another survivor, opted to lie on a mat on the hospital floor for fear of contracting an infection from sharing a bed with a stranger.

Nzerimaana complained that the hospital management had failed to provide some of the survivors with blankets overnight. He said he would seek further treatment in his Kisoro hometown when he was discharged.

 Joseph Muleefu said he was advised to get his own bedding, if possible. Otherwise he would have to put up with the discomfort of sharing what is available.

Nyonyintomo Paul, the hospital registrar, admitted that the hospital is struggling to handle all the 12 accident patients it admitted. 

The registrar revealed that the hospital had actually turned away some patients due to lack of space. Those patients were then forwarded to Mbarara hospital.

Nyonyintomo said the hospital is already overwhelmed as it is because it is the district referral hospital and admits many patients on a normal day.

He, however, promised that the admitted patients will receive the best care the hospital can accord to them to ensure they heal.

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