Soroti Regional Referral hospital Chokes With Patients

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Our reporter who visited the hospital on Wednesday found medical workers administering drips on patients lying on the floor.

Soroti Regional Referral hospital is choking with a high number of patients. Some of the patients have been forced to sleep on the floor and the corridors of the hospital because of lack of beds and space respectively. The most affected are the maternity, children and surgical wards. In the children’s ward children share beds during day time, and night some of them are put on the floor.
Our reporter who visited the hospital on Wednesday found medical workers administering drips on patients lying on the floor. A medical worker who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity because he is not the spokesperson of the hospital said they are used to seeing patients on the floor. Paul Ajuk, the senior administrator Soroti Regional Referral hospital admits the problem of congestion.

Ajuka says the hospital is filled to capacity adding that, there is need for expanding the wards. Built in the 1930’s, Soroti Regional Referral Hospital has a bed capacity of 263 patients. By Wednesday, there were more than 400 patients on admission. Ajuk appeals to government to set aside some funds to expand the hospital to cope with the high number of patients.

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Jennifer Aguti, an expectant mother with malaria spent three nights in the maternity ward on the floor. She told URN that in the morning they move out of the wards to allow the cleaners to to their work.

URN found another mother who declined to be named, but was scheduled for an operation lying on the floor. She told URN that she had spent two nights on the floor, but the nurses had told wait for a chance to get a bed once some patients are discharged.


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Salume Among
Salume Among is the Mbale URN bureau chief. Among has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Among started her career in 2000 as a freelance writer for Etop newspaper before starting to write for its mother paper, The New Vision. She also wrote for the Vision Group's XFM radio station from 2008 until she left to join URN.

Among has a keen interest in local politics having been a youth representative in the Soroti variously between 1996 and 2010. Among also regularly reports on health, education, the environment and sports.