By Marko Taibot
Adjumani-Patients at Adjumani hospital have received new tents and beds worth Shillings 24 million from Epitent and the Resilience African network Makerere University school of public health.
The hospital has been faced with acute shortage of beds especially with the South Sudan refugees. The few beds have been in some cases shared by patients, which posed a danger of contracting spread of diseases.
This is the second tent that Epitent and resilience African network are donating after the first tent that was offered to Ayiri health center.
The Director Eastern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab Makerere University, Tumuhamye Nathan while handing over the tent said the network is a university based innovation lab that has developed a tent that is capable of reducing temperatures and improved airflow.
The assistant district health officer Adjumani manger Godfrey says the innovation is going to provide a conducive environment for cure and increase the capacity of the hospital.
“Because Adjumani hospital has a bed capacity of one hundred beds only but today due to the influx of the refugees from South Sudan, the hospital is overburdened. It is now having inpatient capacity of three hundred,” he said.
The deputy chief administrative officer Dalili Moses proposed that since the district may also be prone to outbreak of epidemic diseases these could help as an isolation ward.
One of the tents that has been donated for the patients. Photos by Harriet Adong.
“Since this idea of the innovation was derived from the Ebola perspective, we have similar epidemics like, cholera and other hazards that confront the district. This could be a good facility to isolate and manage TB cases other than exposing them to the public,” Dalili said.
The district vice chairperson, Anyanzo John, expressed joy for the innovations championed by the university students.
Adjumani resident district commissioner, Oya Nahori Auwa, said this is a direct relief for both the refugees and nationals since the health service delivery has been over stressed due to the coming of the refugees. The RDC further appealed to the development partners to emulate what resilient African network has done so as to create more space for the patients in the hospital.
The Reliance African Network Makerere University School of public health is currently working in 13 countries with headquarters in Kampala, Resilience African network has also received financial support of Shillings 10 billion for the solar irrigation pump.