Masaka regional referral hospital has temporarily relocated dozens of female patients from the female surgical ward to the male ward.
It comes a week after the hospital management evicted female patients from their ward to pave way for its demolition and subsequent construction of a maternity and children’s ward.
Ereazer Mugisha, the Principal Masaka Hospital says that they evicted patients from the female surgical ward shortly after handing over the site to Joadah consult to start construction work.
He says that they received 10 billion shillings from central government early this year to construct a maternity and children’s ward.
Dr. Florence Tugumisirize, the Director Masaka Hospital says they were forced to relocate women to the crowded male ward due to lack of space. She says they split the male ward into two and allocated female patients one of the corners.
Our reporter visited the congested male surgical ward on Wednesday and found there 40 patients. They include women who are booked for the C-section and new mothers who had complicated deliveries.
Swaibu Sulambaaya, the Chairperson of patients at Masaka Hospital says the patients will have to put up with congestion for some time to allow the construction work to go on. Sulambaaya says they have no option since government has answered their prayers to expand the old structures.
He claims that theold structures were emitting an awful stench that would cause discomfort in the ward.
Joel Aita, the Chief Executive Officer of Joadah Consult says the new facility will open in 2017. The new four storied structure will accommodate several specialized clinics such as Gynecology, Antenatal and Neonatal centers, Labour and Post-natal Wards.
It will also have a Pediatric and Nutrition Unit and an Adolescent Health clinic.