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Tororo hospital disconnected over Shs 269m unpaid power bills

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.



+1 #1 rubangakene 2018-04-12 21:32
One hell of a shit hole! Who is chewing all the 'nickels' that the Uganda taxpayers dole to the government each month?

Why are foreign companies given tax relief when that money could be used to run the hospitals and public services?

With all the sunshine in Tororo, why could the management not invest in solar power to supplement the power supply. Managers and doctors don't have the patients' interest at heart!
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0 #2 Amukun Daniel 2018-04-13 07:27
So unfortunate. In case we do ot have enough money for hospitals, we should at least look for other ways to save money.

In this case it would be advisable to invest in solar energy,

This could reduce on the power bills drastically.
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2018-04-13 09:07
In the developed countries, facilities such as hospitals enjoy free water and power, look what is happening in this country where alot of money is borrowed to fund health and alot of money is allocated to the sector only to be mismanaged.

I highly doubt if Tororo hospital has even a generator, how are they supposed to handle operating patients in the theater and storing medicines at the right temperature.
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