Kapchorwa General Hospital's Maternity Unit worries Sebei region residents

In Summary
  • One of the staff members says the hospital  serves over 4 districts
  • The available space is too small for the cases of expectant mothers received per day. 
Namutebi Phiona
Namutebi Phiona

Patients and Health workers are worried about the congestion at  Kapchorwa General Hospital's Maternity   Unit saying that it risks mothers' lives. 

In an interview, a worker who preferred anonymity revealed that the hospital serves over four districts such as Kapchorwa,Kween, Bukwo among others as it handles more than thirty cases of expectant mothers on a daily basis.

She pointed out that the available space cannot accommodate all these patients due to the limited number of beds. This forces the hospital management to improvise mats to save the lives of those who cannot be catered for by the available beds.

The Postnatal Ward accommodates only  fifteen beds but they receive more than fifteen patients   ,the labour suit accommodates three beds yet they can have five deliveries at ago
One of the staff members

However, she highlighted that during the Tarehesita Celebrations, Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) constructed a new Neonatal  Unit for the facility which has not yet commenced operations.

Another major challenges at this same facility are the lack of staff members which creates more congestion and delay in service delivery.

In a bid to improve service delivery at Kapchorwa General Hospital's  various stakeholders, beneficiaries led by Everlyn Cherukut  an Accountability Champion in  the district, engaged with  several duty bearers over the hospital's situation who have been helpful and at least there is some improvement citing the newly constructed Neonatal Unit  that was constructed by (UPDF)

Cherukut Called upon authorities to address these challenges and if possible lift  Kapchorwa General Hospital to the level of a Referral so that service delivery is effectively improved.

Namutebi Phiona
Everlyn Cherukut an Accountability Champion in Kapchorwa district Namutebi Phiona

Richard Bukone Ssajjabi the Chief Administrative Officer for the district admitted that the hospital is grappling with the above challenges but he is working tirelessly including writing to the Ministry of Health to ensure that it improves.

He added that the hospital administration with the local government are in the procurement process that is meant to actualize the new Neonatal  Unit UPDF constructed.