Steady Regress of Health Care in Uganda; Only 20 gets to Aga Khan in Nairobi not 400 cancer Patients; also other issues in the decaying health care!
“There is lots of tear gas in every police station but there is no medicine in the hospitals. Trust me, I am a mother. I will heal this country with love” — Maureen Kyalya Waluube
As the weeks goes the mitigated reports of the down-fall of the common-health care and the depleted systems from the Government have made and controlled for 30 years. The torn and crossed fingers and the light-speed of embezzlement of funds come forwards as the most recent ones is just more disgusting.
There been reports of 400 out of 17,000 was supposed to be lucky cancer-patience’s. Now this was been said during the week:
“ A statement sent to The Observer on Tuesday April 19 read “The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi (AKUH-Nairobi) announced today that it will work with the Government of Uganda to provide as many as 400 cancer patients with free treatment in response to the breakdown of Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine” (…)”But now Dr Orem says the offer can at best may cover no more than 20 cancer patients. “The offer of the treatment of Aga Khan is confirmed but the clarification is that they are offering 400 fractions or dosages of radiotherapy not 400 patients to be treated. What that means is that; one patient may take more cycles or may take more fractions of treatment. So that means in all fewer than 400 will be treated. I think that needed to be clarified. Only average maybe about five or six [doses per patient]. What usually happens is that the doctor calculates of the amount of dosage of radiation that a patient needs. It may be above 30 then you divide that in what we call fractions or sessions the patient should have”, Orem says” (URN, 21.04.2016).
So instead of having the surplus 16,600 who the country doesn’t have the potential to send to the Radiotherapy treatment they might need. Now it is down to 16,980. That 16,980 that is sad number if they only takes 20 people. 20 people, then it is the ones that closest connected to the NRM regime and the rest are on their merry. This is just an insult from the Government of Uganda and also their partner in Aga Khan who even during the pre-election period got more land in Uganda! Disrespectful!
Well, there is more disgrace from the Ugandan Government and their health-care units. As Remmy Bhati of NBS TV Uganda writes: “Apparently, this is Mulago National Referral Hospital in a total black out. Iam here attending to my special patient. Power has been off for close to 3 hours. No candles, no generator, no Solar. Patients are receiving treatment on torches. In this period of a black out, three patients have breathed their last because machines couldn’t work without power. The on duty nurses on a night shift have tried their best to save the patients but in vain. Watching people die because of Electricity is very hurting” (Remmy Bhati, 22.04.2016).
The situation is dire as there been Power outage for the last 4 days at Mulago hospital, the old Kings Hospital of Mulago. This was the proud hospital, that doesn’t even have a radiotherapy machine and doesn’t even have electricity to ordinary function of the hospital. It is just sad to write it and bleak state of affairs. This is not steady progress. This is steady regress. And it is actually worse.
At the Soroti Referal Hospital have not had power for a week. Because of that there are no surgery happening at the hospital and that is sad enough. With the knowledge of similar actions and loss of electricity in Mulago and the same conditions, but longer at Soroti says it a systematic failure.
One doctor serves 15,000 patients. In Arua Referral Hospital there are only 4 doctors! That is also a visible sign of the maladministration and lack of funding of that hospital. 4 doctors! That you have two hospitals without electricity and one with nearly enough or few doctors is nearly an ordinary building not a hospital. Since at a hospital you should get treatment and healing of sickness and diseases! Peace.
URN – ‘Aga Khan hospital may treat just 20 cancer patients not 400′ (21.04.2016) link: http://www.observer.ug/news-headlines/43793-aga-khan-hospital-may-treat-only-20-cancer-patients-not-400