Power distributor, Umeme has disconnected power at Tororo main hospital over Shs 269 million unpaid power bill, leaving the 226-bed health facility in total darkness.
Power has been cut off for the last two weeks according to patients at the hospital. The hospital has also reportedly suspended childbirth and blood transfusion services and now patients are forced to use torches, kerosene lamps, mobile phones or candles for lighting.
More worryingly, medical workers can only attend to patients during daytime and work on ailments that need no power supply.
In 2010, a mother reportedly lost her newly born baby to stray dogs when power was cut off, again over unpaid bills. A similar scenario almost replayed yesterday according to some patients, when stray dogs stormed the hospital and pursued a helpless mother who had just delivered a baby near the hospital gate in the middle of the night.
The newly acquired dead body's fridge has also been rendered worthless due to lack of power. Worse still, water supply, National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is also threatening to cut off water supply over unspecified water bills.