Masindi hospital needs its budget revised up to a tune of shs514 million for medical supplies alone every cycle that comprises of two months if the facility is to address the problem of perpetual shortages of drugs.
This was disclosed by Dr. George Bateganya Musoga, the medical superintendent of Masindi hospital during a meeting with a team of officials from National Medical Store (NMS) that was held at Masindi district health resource center on 23rd March 2016. The NMS team was in Masindi for a fact finding mission and meet political leaders, security personnel and health workers.
“Our wishful budget is shillings 514 million each cycle (two months) and our demand is based on statistics but currently parliament allocated to us shs60 million only. When I told hospital planning meeting to budget for what was allocated to us, some of the members stormed out”, Bateganya said.
He said that, due to low funding, the quantities of drugs are far less given the workload they have adding that, over 300 mothers are delivered at the health facility every month but only 80 folic asters are budgeted for leaving a deficit of over 220 folic asters. “On average, we operate two mothers a day and for each mother a doctor need to use three switchers but using shs60 million budget, we intend to buy only five packets of switchers for the whole cycle that can be used to operate only five mothers”, he added.
The medical superintendent said that, much as the facility is expected to deliver 1,500 mothers every year, the number goes to over 4,000 mothers.
The acting district health officer Masindi, Patrick Baguma stated that, the Masindi hospital has for the last five years not received any budget increase for medical supplies yet the population increases every day.
Records obtained from the office of Masindi district population officer, Rashid Yawiya indicates that, Masindi district had a population of 292,951 out of which 144,687 are female.
During the same meeting, the resident district commissioner Masindi, Godfrey Nyakahuma indicated that, during recently concluded presidential campaigns, the masses castigate scarcity of drugs in health facilities yet NMS claims to have a lot of drugs.
He observed a need for increased funding of Masindi hospital medical supplies so that the issue of shortages can be addressed. However; Dan Kimono, the communications officer with NMS said that, it was very hard to increase funding for Masindi hospital medical supplies because parliament has always cited cases of expiry and theft of government medicines from health facilities which gaps must be addressed first.
Kimono advised the leadership of Masindi district to forward the issue of elevating Masindi hospital to a referral status to parliamentary health committee for approval and consequently increased budget that will be forwarded to the ministry of finance for funding.
Kimono’s explanation however shocked RDC, Godfrey Nyakahuma who said that, the procedure is too long implying that people will continue suffering until Jesus is back.