The Health Ministry, Permanent Secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine has tasked the management of Luweero hospital to urgently address gaps at the facility to improve health service delivery.
She made the directive during an impromptu to the hospital on Tuesday to assess health service delivery following its elevation last year.
Dr. Atwine was shocked to find Tuberculosis patients sharing a ward with other patients, which is risky and can spread infection.
She also found some patients lying on the floor due to lack of beds while other were unattended too for several days.
Dr. Atwine also tasked the hospital administrators to explain the delayed completion of the 400 bed ward at the hospital and cautioned them against wastage of power when she found several security lights on during day time.
She has since issued a statement directing the hospital administrators and district to urgently address the issues raised and asked the admin to increase supervision if better health services are to be achieved.
Phoebe Namulindwa, the Luweero Resident District Commissioner says that some of the gaps found at the facility were a result of laxity by supervisors.
She tasked the Chief Administrative Officer to explain some of the measures she has taken to correct the shortcomings.
But Dr. Innocent Nkonwa, the Luweero District Health Officer attributed the failure by the hospital to separate patients to lack of sufficient ward space.
He revealed that the district has provided Shillings 30 million to renovate the wards to host more patients.
Nkonwa, who is also the acting Medical Superintendent of the Luweero hospital, said they are already construction another ward, which they hope to complete it in June this year to accommodate more patients.
He also said they have tabled a request before the District Procurement Office seeking to buy 25 beds for patients.
He also convened a crisis staff meeting following the remarks of PS Atwine and asked them to deliver services as per their standing orders.
Luweero Hospital operates a Primary Health care budget worth Shillings 334,382,000. The facility attracts over 250 patients each day and handles 300 deliveries per month.
The patients are drawn from Luweero, Nakaseke, Nakasongola districts and passengers plying the Kampala-Gulu highway.