Uganda hospitals are a grave yard:The irony is that the majority of so-called better Kenyan doctors are in fact Ugandans. My nephew just returned from completing his research theses from home, Uganda, and told me that nevertheless, a journey into a Uganda hospital is, matter of fact, a trip to the grave. He suffered a bowel problem and headed to a private clinic where he saw how the survey report must have correctly represented Ugandan doctors being equivalent to Kenya nurses and a hard thing to dispute. What he said was corroborated by another visiting Muganda buddy.
He said on reaching the clinic where he noticed the doctor’s availability hours, he was surprised to see the attendant placing a call to the doctor about a patient who had arrived with stomach problems, meaning the doctor was not there when he supposed to be. He personally overheard the doctor prescribe a pain killer whose name I forget and the attendant surprisingly scribble the same to him. Not knowing my nephew was completing his master’s in public health, my nephew angrily told her and the doctor off about their practice and the pain-killer for a running bowel.
Shortly after, the visitor said of Uganda doctors that it is precisely how they operate. He said many of them never appear inside their clinics at all. Why? bcos they would be somewhere in Owino or places doing undoctorly business (magendo) where they make a bit more than the prestigious clinic they own or run. He said it is not uncommon to find an ordinary nurse (not even a RN) manning the clinic remote on phone with the doctor the whole day as patients come and the same attendant writing prescriptions told her by the far away doctor.
Gwokto La’kitgum Peter
This is sad, very sad! It looks like the healthcare system in Uganda has totally gone to the dogs. Yes, the private hospitals are helping out a little bit,but there are mainly located in the central and the doctors there are as corrupt as a bacteria on an onion. I can give you an example; My son fell sick while in Uganda a couple of weeks ago and was taken to a presumably an expensive private hospital somewhere on Entebbe road. They asked us if we wanna see either a specialist or physician. To see a specialist, you are charged shs.30,000 as consultancy fee, but this so called specialist only speaks to you without examining the patient. Then again,you pay examination fee separately.
And as the specialist was explaining to us what the problem might be, he suggested that we do an X-ray, a normal malaria test and an RDT. We wondered what was the purpose of doing both a normal malaria test and an RDT at the same time? In any case, the RDT is more detailed and explains what’s missed out in the normal malaria test? So, we suggested that an RDT would be enough for us, and he was smilingly ok with it.
Basically, private clinics charge astronomical costs to people by asking them to do tests they sometimes don’t need, and there seem to be nobody to regulate them.
Some doctors are just incompetent. I think some people weren’t meant to be doctors in the first place. No wonder Museveni skies to Germany every now and then, but we turn around and blame him. A friend of mine developed toothache while in Uganda last year. He went to the clinic and he was prescribed seven types of antibiotics. He took them all till when they got finished but the pain couldn’t go away. So, he went back to the doctors for an explanation. They then told him that his tooth had to be forked out if the antibiotics weren’t working. He humbly declined because he was remaining with only two days to get back to UK. As soon he arrived here, he made an appointment with the dentist who prescribed him only one type of antibiotics with paracetamol, and the pain disappeared like a flush! With him, his trust with Ugandan doctors ended last year, and I guess he wouldn’t behave any differently from Museveni if he were to become the next president.
The truth is that a lot of things have gone wrong in our country but healthcare shouldn’t have been neglected to that extent. I was gobsmacked after watching the video of Bugiri hospital in Busoga with bats singing in it, and the state of Kayunga hospital is just appalling. I just can’t believe that we have reached this level of irresponsibility, insanity, carelessness,…………..it’s beyond anybody’s understanding why Museveni has intentionally decided to fall with Uganda’s healthcare. I just can’t understand it, can you ? Surprisingly, he is asking for another term, and the most painful bit of it is that he is gonna get it! Yes, he is gonna “win” as many elections as he wishes till when he joins his creator.
Kiibi nyo ddala banange!