The donated ambulance has two oxygen cylinders, a suction unit, a spinal board, rescue splints and bandages, a patient shifting roll, an ambulance chair and a sphygmomanometer instrument used for measuring blood pressure.
Mukono general hospital management has received an ambulance, thanks to a donation by area Member of Parliament Hanifah Nabukeera. The
facility has for long been pleading to the district authorities and
Ministry of Health-MoH for an ambulance to ease referrals in vain.
donated ambulance has two oxygen cylinders, a suction unit, a spinal
board, rescue splints and bandages, a patient shifting roll, an
ambulance chair and a sphygmomanometer instrument used for measuring
Mukono Municipality Principal Health Officer
Dr Anthony Kkonde says since the outbreak of COVID-19, the facility has
been relying on only two ambulances also donated by Mukono municipal
member of parliament Betty Nambooze but stationed at Kampala.
says one ambulance would skip days without functioning due to constant
movements which cause breakdowns. According to statistics at his office,
on average, the facility could make at least five referrals on a daily
basis which have now increased to 10 with the second outbreak of
“This facility handles several cases from
almost the entire district and the need for several more emergency
vehicles is still acute especially at this time where sometimes the
facility is required to make covid-19 referrals for further management
or as a preventive measure.”
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other health facilities especially Health Center IIIs within the
district are also decrying difficulties in handling emergencies at
sub-county levels. Rebeccah Nassali, the in-charge for Nabalanga HCIII
at Nakifuma says referrals were made more difficult after the ban on
public transport since they could at least use taxis and bodabodas.
Nantongo a resident at Mukono Central division says stationed ambulances are more cost-effective and time-saving. The ambulance
services from Mukono general hospital to Naguru Regional Referral goes
for shillings 100,000.
Dr Geoffrey Kasirye, the Mukono
General Hospital Medical Superintendent says due to high cases of
covid-19, they recommend constant fumigation of the ambulances which at
times make the expenses go back to users.
Mukono district has registered over 923 positive cases, 27 referred
under critical condition for further management and 281 on home-based
Nabukeera, the Woman District MP appeals
to the government to secure more emergency vehicles for the district to
ease response, especially during these difficult times to assist
especially single mothers and aged persons in rural areas. “Several of
our people under illness are struggling at home without any means of
transport to access health facilities,” she says.