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3 Babies Killed As Floods Submerge Kisiizi Hospital

Kisizi Hospital, located in Rubabo County in Rukungiri District, and one of the oldest Missionary founded hospitals in the Kigezi sub region lost three infants, as the hospital wards got submerged in floods following a heavy downpour.

The hospital also lost equipment worth millions of shillings in the rains according to officials.

The heavy rains in the area on Sunday came along with floods spilling down the hills of Nyarushanje and Nyakishenyi.

The waters in a matter of hours filled up the hospital compound, the pediatric ward, the surgical ward, mortuary; the mother’s waiting ward and the generator house.

Prisoners cleaning up the flood ravaged Kisiizi Hospital
Prisoners cleaning up the flood ravaged Kisiizi Hospital

This paralyzed activities at the hospital which also led to the death of three babies, who were in incubators.

Dr Francis Banya the Kisiizi Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent, says the downpour started at around 4 pm and lasted about five hours.

He says the floods destroyed the 300 Watts Generator that they have been using to light up the hospital, which brought all operations to halt. The babies in incubators died after the generator went off.

Dr Banya told Chimpreports that they are still experiencing congestion, since the patients from the affected wards were transferred to other wards and that the medical staffs have resorted to using small torches to do serious operations.

He added that the Hospital’s source of water was also destroyed and that they have already written to the Ministry of Health seeking help.

Kisiizi hospital is one of the private referral hospitals in the region that receives patients from the districts of Kabale, Rukiga, Rubanda, Kisoro, Kanungu, and Rukungiri as it was built in the 1950s by the Missionaries

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