Health Ministry considers constructing second Regional Referral Hospital in Eastern Region

Written by on September 15, 2021

The Health Ministry is considering constructing a second Regional Referral Hospital in Eastern Region to ease the pressure on Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

Hanifah Kawooya, the Health State Minister in Charge of Primary Health Care, disclosed this while inaugurating the new board of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital.

Speaking at the inauguration of the new board on Monday, Mbale Hospital Director, Dr. Emmanuel Tugaineyo, said their resources have been overstretched due to the overwhelming number of patients seeking services from the hospital, which has in turn compromised service delivery.

Tugaineyo attributes the huge number to the failure by the community to adhere to the formal referral system and instead come directly to the referral hospital as opposed to utilizing lower health facilities.

Mbale Hospital which has a bed capacity of 400 patients, currently admits close to 600 patients.

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