The ONC Coordinators of the Greater Mbarara led by Mr. Muhangi Zephline in the company of Deputy RCC Mbarara City North, Mr. Kanusu Robert visited Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH) instead of monitoring and supervising government services’ mandate.
The team met with Dr. Francis O, a Specialist in Child Health who stood in for the Hospital director Dr. Celestine Barigye who is sick.
After a brief meeting, he took the team through the hospital. All the required machines are available, including the two Scans that have not been commissioned. MRI and CT scans have just been procured at the tune of USD 1M and USD 300k respectively by the government of Uganda.
The hospital covers over 43 districts in the region with only 354 staff in all units. The team found this a challenge as the hospital is understaffed however were guided by Dr. Francis that they already put a request of at least 700 staff in the ministry pending approval. The hospital has an active pharmacy though lacking some special drugs which forces patients to buy from outside pharmacies as prescribed by doctors.
The cancer unit is pending construction though site space was identified and reserved. A boundary wall is being constructed to do away with the issue of Insecurity in the hospital since they had started receiving reports of theft of hospital beds.
The management thanked the office of the National Chairman (ONC) headed by SPA/PA Hajjat Hadijja Namyalo Uzeiye and the RCC’s office for checking on them and implored the team to always visiting and monitoring the progress of the hospital operations. However, further urged to add their voice in following up on their urgent requests as the office.
Reported by: ONC Media Team