Referral Hospital is on the spot for alleged failure to provide descent
accommodation and services to Covid-19 patients in the isolation ward.
Sunday, a female patient in the isolation ward recorded a
video that has since gone viral bemoaning the appalling living conditions in
the ward. At the onset of decentralizing the treatment of COVID-19 patients, Masaka Regional Referral gazetted the mental ward to serve as the treatment unit.
However, in the video, the patient accuses the hospital administration of failure
to create a proper treatment environment, which is distressing to patients. She
says the ward is faced with acute inadequacies ranging from basic utilities
including food, water and sanitation facilities.
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The patient also accuses the hospital of failing to maintain
proper hygiene in the ward as well as mixing patients regardless of their
respective stages of recovery. She argues that besides using broken
lavatory facilities, the hospital hardly provides detergents that can be used
to clean and disinfect the lavatories.
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The Video further reveals congestion in the ward, which is
shared by adults and children some of whom without face-masks. She pleads with the Health Ministry to intervene and save them from the unbefitting
situation they are living under arguing that they have nobody to complain to
because the hospital management is so detached from the ward.
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However, Dr Nathan Onyaki, the Director Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital has downplayed the claims by the patient, saying they don’t deserve his
A statement by the Health Ministry Spokesperson, Emmanuel
Ainebyona, says the patient coined the video with gross exaggerations, adding
that she has proven troublesome ever since she was admitted in the ward. He explains
the unit, which has 20 beds was filled up.
He explains that the hospital management had improvised a
temporary structure to cater for female patients so as to avert the possible
challenges that may occur when they mix patients of different genders. The
statement indicates that preparations are underway to transfer the patients to a
well-furnished ward as soon as the renovation works are completed.
However, the Health Ministry indicates that the hospital
management has pledged to improve waste management and sanitation at all times.