New Kabale regional referral hospital Management board sworn in.Tobias Habasa
The new Management board for Kabale regional referral hospital, was today Monday 06th September 2021, sworn in by the Kabale grade one Magistrate, Isaac Rukundo and inaugurated by the state minister for general duties, Annifa Bangirana Kawooya. Each of the board members took oaths of allegiance and secrecy, at a function that was held at Cephas Inn hotel in Kabale municipality.
The inaugurated members included, Dr Ananias Muhunde, as the board chairperson, the Kabale regional referral hospital director Dr Sophie Namasopo, as the secretary to the board, the commissioner National disease control in the ministry of health Dr Patrick Tusiime, the Acting Kabale district health officer, Alfred Besigensi and the dean of medical school at Kabale University, Dr Sam Tumwesigire,
Others are, Rita Elizabeth Biringiro, Kenneth Mutungi, Zachary Biririmana, Sarah Mulongo, a senior pharmacist at Kabale district health officer, Rodney Tibaruha Tabaruka, and the Principal Nursing officer at Kabale regional referral hospital Lamunu Florence Okello.
The new board takes over from the old board, was chaired by Dr Francis Mwesigye Runumi, whose tenure expired in December 2020. The other members of the old board included, Rev. Ezra Bikangiso, Donati Ruhamyampaka and Dr Patrick Tusiime. Others are, Albert Mutungwire Matsiko, Fidel Niringiye, Timothy Nkensiga, Canon Ben Bwagi Rulonga, Dr. Alex Andama, Edward Kabuye, Christine Susan Akurut, Sister Immaculate Mandera and Lunciata Kamateka.
Speaking during the swearing in, the Kabale regional referral hospital director, Dr Sophie Namasopo, said that the hospital is in the process of developing the five year strategic development and master plan, aimed guiding them in the management of the hospital, which has been approved by the National planning Authority. She, however, said that the hospital faces challenges, ranging from high numbers of Covid patients-45 in admission, shortages of medicines, inadequate wage for staffs and supplies and high electricity bill exacerbated by the oxygen plant, which consumes high electric.
The new hospital management board chairperson, Dr Anania Muhundo, noted that that their role, is to forge an amicable relation between the hospital and members of public. He expressed dismay that the current crop of medical officers, have become unethical, observing that the remnants of ethical health practitioners, can easily be classified as endangered species. Dr Muhundo added that there is a new breed of smart doctors, who do miss an opportunity of making wealth out of the ill health of people.
Minister, Kawooya, said that the members of the new board are expected to oversee the activities of the hospital on behalf of the ministry of health for the next five years. The minister added that the new board has an enormous work, ahead of them since they have been sworn at time, when the Covid-19 pandemic is high in the region. Minister specifically said that Kabale district has been listed among high alert districts, on the verge of registering the third Covid-19 wave.
The minister, said that it’s quite absurd that, despite the country having registered a number of medical practitioners, succumbing to Covid-19, some of the health workers are still hesitant to observe the SOPs, while others have adamantly refused to take up the Covid-19 vaccines. She tasked the new board to go out a preach to the public the importance of observing the SOPs, if we are to forestall the third wave