The private wing of Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital couldn’t be finished because it was missing some equipment.
The hospital management got equipment from the government worth 400 million shillings to finish setting up the building, but some of the equipment went missing.
The hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Robert Ssentongo, says the stolen equipment was meant to complete the installation of the facility. Biomedical engineering tools, plumbing tools, a brazing torch, map gas, a hand drill, a charging valve, an electric blower, and a vacuum pump were all part of the equipment.
“The facility is too big for the available security personnel to monitor, creating loopholes for thieves,” Dr. Ssentongo notes. However, currently, police are investigating the theft that happened at the private wing, and they should be able to reach a useful conclusion.
Hellen Butoto, a spokesperson for the Ssezibwa Regional Police, told URN that some of the equipment has been found so far in the town of Lugazi.
She also reveals that the facility administrators were summoned by police for questioning, and they had further summoned the facility’s biomedical engineer, Phillip Ddungu, to record a statement.
Butoto says that investigations are still going on and that we will let the right people know as soon as we can what we find.
Tadeo Byabagambi, a Senior Biomedical Engineer at the Ministry of Health, says that they have heard about the missing equipment at Kayunga hospital and have suggested that an audit be done to gather important information so that the ministry of health can keep the right people informed about the situation.
Before it became a regional referral hospital, the Kayunga hospital got more units, such as an emergency room, physiotherapy in-patient and out-patient departments, isolation wards, an oxygen plant, hostels for interns, and quarters for doctors.
The facility receives referrals from lower units in Kayunga, Mukono, Buikwe, Buvuma, Luwero, and Nakasongola. The facility, to be commissioned by the president in 2021, covers a population of about 2.5 million people.