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Gulu Hospital Accumulates Shs 260M in Unpaid Food Bills at Covid-19 Treatment Center

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has accumulated over 260 million in unpaid bills arising from caring for the Covid-19 patients.

Dr. James Elima the Hospital Director says the arrears are mainly from food and also allowances for health workers.

Dr. Elima says since May, the hospital has not gone below 70 cases at the treatment center, and that at one point the patients exceeded 200.

“But now the numbers have gone down. This week we had 60 cases, but we have since discharged 14 patients and only 46 patients are currently left at the treatment center.’’

He added that the Hospital is now following the new Ministry of Health policy of only admitting extremely sick people at the treatment center

“We are following the new guidelines from the Health Ministry and we can only admit Covid-19 Patients with other co-morbidity cases Cancer, HIV, Diabetes so that we avoid having a large number of patients at the treatment center.”

The Ministry of Health in recently came out with a Policy to phase out all the Covid-19 quarantine center and start treating asymptomatic patients from home.

Health experts have warned that Uganda has reached stage 4 of the outbreak of the pandemic, where the cases have spread in the community and it’s hard to trace contacts of the virus.

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Our efforts to get comments from the Health Ministry on how they plan to clear some of these debts accruing from feeding Covid-19 patients were futile by the time of filing this report.

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