Parliament to Summon Ministry of Health Officials Over Poor Inspection, Supervision

The Parliamentary Committee on Health is set to summon Ministry of Health officials over poor inspection and supervision of health units which has greatly affected service delivery in the country.

This was revealed by the committee Chairpersom Michael Bukenya during a formal tour at Kawempe Hospital which is currently serving as an Obstetrics and Gynaecology department of Mulago referral hospital.

The Chairperson noted that throughout the entire tour, prescription it has been evident that despite the hospital being opened up just last month, drugs there is high influx of patients at the facility which has led to inefficient service delivery.

“The reason we came here was to assess how Kawempe Hospital was coping up with the closure of Mulago hospital which is currently not in full operation due to renovations that are ongoing, ” Bukenya noted.

Bukenya said the main issue that came out clearly was that the peripheral health units in the country are not functioning very well which is because of the lack of supervision from the relevant authorities from the Ministry of Health.

“As Parliament apart from appropriation of resources, we are supposed to monitor the performance of these ministries and health units to make sure they are functioning well.”

“So we are arranging as Parliament to summon the Ministry of Public Service and the Ministry of Health to give us their work plan of supervision of peripheral health units in the country and Health centres such that we work out a mechanism which can be used to improve the performance of these services in the country.”

The incubator section lacks oxygen supply that has caused death of many babies
The incubator section lacks ample oxygen supply which has caused death of many babies

Several other concerns were also gathered from patients and staff at the newly opened facility which is currently handling maternal health for a period of one year until renovations are  done with at Mulago National Referral Hospital.


Patients noted that there is inconsistent supply of blood and Oxygen especially in the theatre unit and in the incubator system which has led to increased death of both mothers and babies.

The members highlighted a significant overcrowding of the facility from the planned accommodation of 200 patients to now 400 patients leading to drug shortages.

Patients receving medication from the floor
Patients receving medication from the floor

They further noted that they are time and again asked to pay for several services that are presumed free and have always been discharged without drugs only to be referred to Pharmacies outside the hospital.

The staff at the hospital complained that their conditions of work are still very poor given the under facilitation and motivation.

“We are always affected by the doctor to patient ratio, we try our level best to serve every patient but we are overwhelmed by the numbers of patients,” noted Mulago Principal Nursing Officer in Charge of Obstetrics, Kevin Bwongyezibwa.

“Our welfare is still very challenging without sufficient allowances such as lunch which is still at Sh66000 for 20 years now and transport since the provided van can’t accommodate all of us,” added Bwongyezibwa.

Dr. Kevin Bwongyezibwa.
Dr. Kevin Bwongyezibwa.
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