The Ministry of Health has acknowledged the overwhelming patient numbers at Kawempe National Referral Hospital.
This follows an investigation to verify pictures of new born babies circulating on social media.
Kawempe National Referral Hospital delivers an average of 80-100 babies daily and 2,500 babies monthly translating to approximately 30,000 babies per year.
Currently, the hospital is home to the Directorate of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics.
The high patient numbers are as a result of the increased number of referrals from the lower health facilities around Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono and other parts of the country.
However, the Ministry of Health is aware of this challenge and working with the hospital management, solutions have been put in place to address this issue.
The solutions are as follows;
• Expansion of the neonatal special care unit at Kawempe National Referral Hospital;- Ministry of Health engineers are on site to assess the modalities required to expand the special care unit in order to cater for the high number of patients
• Procurement of equipment such as; additional incubators, infant warmers, phototherapy machines, baby cots is on going
• Some babies have been transferred to the special care unit at the Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital as an interim solution to the current challenge of overwhelming numbers.
In the same vein, referred women are encouraged to go to Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital and access FREE services.
• The Ministry of Health is engaging Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and the neighbouring Local Governments to ensure that the health facilities are functionalized to full capacity to curb the high referral numbers.
“The Ministry of Health would like to state that the pictures circulating on social media do not depict the actual situation on ground,” the ministry said.
It added: “The babies at this facility are in a temperature controlled environment and infection, prevention and control measures are adhered to ensuring there is no danger to the babies’ lives.