Referral hospital suspends services due to lack of supplies


Long queue as patients seek medical services at Busia County Referral Hospital. [Ignatius Odanga/Standard]

The Busia Referral Hospital has suspended some medical services due to what doctors at the facility called a lack of essential supplies.

The best hospital in the county is reportedly running out of essential equipment, making it difficult for doctors to perform certain functions.

Fully restocked

The most affected services are nephrology, movie theaters and maternity. Since yesterday, there has been no admission of pregnant women to the maternity ward and the situation was the same in the theater.

The kidney unit was closed about three weeks ago and the patients were discharged from the hospital. A notice placed at the door advises patients that the section is closed.

Orthopedic surgeon Daniel Alushula put a notice at the door of the referral hospital advising patients who needed surgery that theater services were not available.

“We hereby inform you that we have suspended all operations of the Grand Theater. This is due to the lack of essential supplies: fluids, sutures and providone among others. We will resume once all essential supplies have been fully restocked, ”the notice read.

It was copied to Director General of Health and Sanitation Department Isaac Omeri and Director of Medical Services Janerose Ambuchi.

The notice of suspension of maternity services written by Dr Robai Nalika read: “We inform you that we have suspended all operations at the maternity and maternity units. This is due to the lack of essential supplies. ”

Nurses who spoke on condition of anonymity described the situation at the facility as dire.

“We are now referring patients to sub-county hospitals when patients are supposed to be referred to our hospital,” said a nurse.

When The Saturday Standard visited the hospital, outpatient services were provided.

The vaccination section was also active. However, the threat has been closed.

The maternity wing had a few patients waiting for permission to go home. The medical superintendent, Dr Namulada Emukule, was not available for comment.

Health and sanitation chief executive Isaac Omeri admitted there was a shortage of essential supplies, but the department had already addressed the issue.


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