UGANDA: Patients in Kisoro Hospital Now Buy Gloves for Doctors

November 2015 TheObserver; Kisoro Hospital hasn’t had surgical gloves for the last two months, the Medical Superintendent Doctor Michael Baganizi has revealed.

According to Baganizi, despite placing an order to the National Medical Stores (NMS) to supply the gloves, no supplies have been delivered so far.

As a result, patients have to buy surgical gloves from private drug shops. Surgical gloves are vital for protecting both the medical worker and patient from infections.

Scovia Nyirampano, a resident of Kamonyi in Kisoro town is attending to her husband at Kisoro hospital following his involvement in an accident last week.

According to Nyirampano, each time doctors attend to her husband, she has to provide at least three pairs of gloves. A pair of gloves costs Shs 2,000, which Nyirampino says is costly for her family since they are low income earners.

George Muganza’s wife delivered at Kisoro Hospital on Thursday last week. Muganza says when the medical workers asked him to buy six pairs of gloves he thought they were seeking for a bribe, only to be told that the hospital’s gloves were out of stock.

Dan Kimosho, the Public Relations Officer NMS says they have a sufficient stock of gloves. He suspects the shortage at Kisoro hospital could have been caused by problems in the order.


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