By John Unzima
Adjumani-First deputy Prime Minister Gen. Moses Ali has ordered for investigations of deaths of eight patients that occurred in Adjumani hospital early last year.
The Premier disclosed orders while speaking at a Community Baranza organized by the Office of Prime Minister in Ciforo Sub-county.
At the height of the deaths in February last year the Prime Minister convened crisis meeting with top hospital management to establish the cause of the deaths.
Gen Moses Ali speaking during the Baraza. Photo by Unzima John.
The meeting discovered that the deaths mainly of mother’s stems from caesarean deliveries prompting the Premier to call for external audit from Ministry of health.
The Ministry dispatched a team to the hospital to audit the deaths as resolved at the meeting and released a report which had never been made public.
The Premier said he was not satisfied with their (the team) report prompting him to write to internal affairs ministry asking for criminal investigation of the deaths.
“It looks like their (the team) report is doctored so I now ask for criminal investigation of the deaths by the Ministry internal affairs,” Ali said
The veteran Adjumani West County MP spoke at a time when Adjumani general hospital is being overwhelmed by patient hitherto arrival of Refugees from South Sudan.
The hospital also grapples with recurrent stock out of essential medicines and health supplies due to double burden of population demanding for services According to the medics.
Patients at Adjumani hospital which the Gen Moses Ali wants to be investigated over deaths. Photo by Martin Okudi.
Adjumani district Health Officer, Dr George Bhoka, said the hospital also operate on very thin resource envelop further exacerbating crises.
“The hospital is meant to be 100 bed hospital but we admit in between 200 to 300 patients. Only 50 percent of health workers in health facilities in Adjumani district are accommodated in staff houses further affecting night duties,” Dr Bhoka added.
Helen Mindraa a resident said the health facilities in the district have become resting places as essential services cannot be accessed from the facilities.
“The general hospital is more or less a lodge, you go they say no drugs no gloves,” Mindraa added
The residents also say they are being charged money from the facilities for buying essential items including airtime for calling medics in case of emergencies.