- 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.
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 agoOne 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.
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.