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Minister Irked by Laxity in Enforcing COVID-19 Guidelines at Kawempe Hospital

After the meeting, Nabbanja told journalists that the problem of overcrowding is caused by the fact that the facility is using only one infrared thermometer, yet it’s mandatory for everyone to have their temperature checked before entering, something that causes crowding with huge numbers of visitors and patients visiting the hospital.
29 Jun 2020 22:04
State Minister for Health Robinah Nabbanja is baffled by the manner in which guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health to halt the further transmission of COVID-19 are disregarded at Kawempe National Referral Hospital.

Nabbanja who was at the hospital to attend a crisis meeting to calm down Senior House Officers or postgraduate students specializing in obstetrics and gynaecology was alarmed by the fact that there was no social distancing at the gate as people scrambled to enter. The gate is equally surrounded by women and men selling merchandise ranging from face masks and food, whereas others were acting as brokers for women who need ultrasound scanning services.

Nabbanja immediately started quarrelling with administrators calling them irresponsible for allowing risky behaviour at the hospital. She engaged in a short closed-door meeting with them before proceeding to the boardroom where the meeting with the postgraduate students was supposed to happen. 

After the meeting, Nabbanja told journalists that the problem of overcrowding is caused by the fact that the facility is using only one infrared thermometer, yet everyone must have their temperature checked before entering, something that causes crowding with huge numbers of visitors and patients visiting the hospital.

However, the hospital Acting Executive Director Dr Nehemia Katusiime told URN that the problem of especially vendors and brokers have persisted even with numerous chases that they had to involve Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), whose enforcement teams didn’t succeed in keeping them away too.

“We have tried everyone from RDC to KCCA and even the local chairman of this area but they have failed.  Those people you see at the gate are not easy. They abuse, they threaten so it was beyond us and we called authorities”.

However, Nabbanja promised to avail the hospital with another two thermometers to quicken the temperature taking process.  Also, she urged them not to allow anyone without a mask inside the hospital.  

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