MPs Demand For In-Depth Investigation In Mulago Hospital’s Challenges

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Members of Parliament want the health committee to make an in-depth investigation in the problems being faced at Mulago Referral Hospital.
MPs want the health committee to make an in-depth investigation in the problems being faced at Mulago Referral Hospital.

MPs want the health committee to make an in-depth investigation in the problems being faced at Mulago Referral Hospital.

There was a water crisis recently at the hospital after the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) cut the water supply over unpaid bills leaving many people affected and stranded. The water supply was cut due to the hospital’s unpaid bills amounting to more than Shs5bn.

Some MPs yesterday visited the hospital and discovered issues that are affecting various operations at the hospital. About 50 homes around the hospital premises connected 84 water metres to the hospital’s water line which inflated the hospital’s water bills to billions leading to its cut off by NWSC.

This is because several hospital properties have been rented out to the public and yet the money supposed to be paid to the hospital treasury as rent has never been paid to the appropriate department.

However, other issues affecting the functionality of the hospital were discovered. Yesterday, there was a sit down strike by intern doctors over the delay by government to pay them for three months.

Furthermore, a number of medical workers at the Labour Ward are understaffed which they say is responsible for the so many deaths of mothers and babies in the hospital.

Speaking on the some of the issues affecting the hospital, David Nuwamanya, the Principal administrator said an inter-ministerial committee comprising of officials from the water, health and finance ministries is already looking into the water problem.

The MPs have demanded for a thorough audit of the water crisis situation and other related problems.

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