Category «Health»

Nurses, midwives strike

Nurses and midwives at Mulago Hospital have laid down their tools. They are protesting against power cuts in their quarters. The nurses say that they have not had power for days and complaints raised have fallen on deaf ears. The nurses this morning stormed the hospital with placards carrying messages calling for an end to power cuts. The 2nd Office in Charge of the police post Mulago Hospital, Richard Okello says that some of the nurses have been arrested for turning violent. Details in our subsequent bulletins.

Naguru Hospital Nurses return to work

The situation at Naguru Hospital is returning to normal. Nurses at the hospital went on a sit-down strike last Friday because they had not received salaries for three months. A few of the health workers have today reported to work and are attending to patients, after they were promised to be cleared soon. Some of the patients say they started receiving treatment without being asked for extra payments. The hospital executive director Dr. Edward Naddumba says the problem of non-payment is almost resolved, after the ministry of finance approved the hospital budget. He is now urging patients to remain calm as they try to ensure smooth operations at the hospital.    

Mulago Hospital chokes on accident victims’ costs

Mulago Hospital spends up to Sh.s 224 to treat one boda boda accident victim in just eight days. This is according to a new report released by the Makerere University College of Health sciences and Mulago Hospital. The study shows that this takes up a significant amount that would otherwise be used on treatment of other patients. While releasing the report earlier today, the executive director of Nagulu Hospital Dr. Edward Nadumba said the study also revealed that 75%of all trauma cases they handle are a result of boda boda accidents. Dr. Nadumba notes that the maintenance cost of a boda boda accident victim currently stands at about Shs. 150 million during the eight days a patient spends in hospital. …

Mulago Scan machine down, patients stuck

The break- down of the only CT scan machine at Mulago Hospital has left many patients stranded. Some patients have now been transferred to other hospitals like Namirembe, Rubaga among others. Most however, have had no option but to stick around with the hope that the machine will be fixed soon. They have complained of the high charges at other hospitals which range between 250,000 and 300,000 compared to the 120,000 charged at Mulago hospital. The hospital’s deputy director Dr Doreen Birabwa Male dismisses reports that the machine has broken, explaining that it is only being serviced, a process that takes only 24 hours. Dr. Male adds that the hospital has got only 1 CT scan and it is supposed …

Uganda Marks Condom day

  Condom use continues to be low due the myths attached to it. This is according to the chairperson of the World Medical Association Dr.Margaret Mugherera. She also says that many people think that the condoms cause discomfort and end up engaging in risky sexual behavior. She however says all this can be changed if the ministry of health steps up the campaign on promotion of condom use. She also calls upon the ministry to do more work in promoting use of the female condom that continues to receive mild response from the public. Mungerera remarks come as Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the world condom day with events held in 25 countries. The day is …