Most of the health workers who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of anonymity noted that all the PPE including face masks, gloves and sanitisers that were given to them got used up two weeks ago and they cannot continue to attend to patients especially those with COVID-19 cases without the protective gear.
workers at Masindi General Hospital have laid down their tools due to a lack of
Personal Protective Equipment- PPE. This
has left several covid-19 patients stranded.
Most of the health workers who spoke to Uganda Radio Network on condition of
anonymity noted that all the PPE including face masks, gloves and sanitizers
that were given to them got used up two weeks ago. They say that they cannot continue to
attend to patients especially those with COVID-19 without the protective
also human beings that need to be accorded appropriate protection like other
Ugandans and therefore we demand safer working conditions and more personal
protection equipment to help us fight the coronavirus pandemic and other
diseases at Masindi Hospital. This working condition is not appropriate,” said
one of the nurses.
By Tuesday patients who had been admitted in the two covid-19 wards over the
weekend had not yet been attended to and were considering relocating to private
Fred Edema who is taking care of his brother says that they were admitted at
the hospital on Friday last week and by Tuesday morning, his patient had not
been attended to.
Edema says that he is considering taking his brother back home.
//cue in;” We came here…
Cue out:…for prayers now.”//
Rose Atugonza, from Pakanyi Sub County, says that the condition of his brother
is deteriorating. She wonders
why the hospital management can’t provide PPE to the health workers so that
people can get better services.
//cue in;”Baitu kuruga tuizirege…
Cue out:…murwaized amugale omuka.”//
Jane Kyosimire from Bwijanga sub-county explained that since Sunday no health
worker has attended to her sister.
//cue in;”Tibakaizire naba simwire…
out:…Masindi tuli kube.”//
Baguma, the Masindi District Health Officer says that he was not aware of the
challenges being faced by the health workers and the patients at the hospital. He
however promised to follow up the matter.
Baguma, the hospital administrator says they are currently handling the issues
affecting the health workers and called for calm among the patients. He says
the hospital management has engaged the health workers.