Busia, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Masafu general hospital in Busia district has received an ambulance with a high dependency medical equipment.
The sh110 million shillings fully equipped ambulance has medical equipment like Oxygen supplying system, defibrillator for patients with heart problems, patient monitoring system, patients’ bed, first aid kits among others.
Masafu general hospital is the Busia district referral hospital that serves within and other neighboring districts like Bugiri, Namayingo, Tororo and part of Busia county in Kenya.
Some of the residents like Benson Nasyongi Ronny, Joyce Harriet Nasirumb say that they were facing difficulties because of high charges on them to transport a patient to a given health facility. Most of the ambulances that are in the area also lack medical equipment units that can give a patient good first aid before reaching hospital.
Nsyongi says that they want the district to allocate a budget to fuel the ambulance so that residents can get free services when being transferred to a hospital.
Joyce Harriet, another resident appealed to Masafu general hospital management to attach one nurse in the ambulance.
Dr. Mathias Panyako, the Busia district health officer- DHO says that this is the first time for the district hospital to get a fully equipped ambulance. It has come timely when the hospital ambulance is grounded and is beyond repair.
He says that they are going to get one of the nurses in the hospital, train her on how to use the equipment in the ambulance so that they can provide better service to transport patients.
Robert Mutunzo, the Busia deputy chief administrative officer says that they are making a policy to make sure that patients being referred are not charged transport fee like it is currently.
John Rex Aachila, the Busia resident district commissioner cautioned the hospital management not to mismanagement the ambulance so that it can fully serve its purpose in the hospital.
Hellen Auma Wandera, the area woman member of parliament also cautioned the hospital management not to use the ambulance to carry corpses and pledged to donate a pick up for carrying corpses from the hospital mortuary to a given place.