GULU REGIONAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL REHABILITATION IS PROGRESSING ON, PLANNING TO HANDLE CLOSE TO 200,000 PATIENTS A YEAR

By Goodluck Musinguzi

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in Northern Uganda serving 8 districts that form Acholi Sub-region. It has a collaboration with Gulu University a government funded institution and the faith based Lacor Hospital which gets support from Government.

Dr Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health says Gulu Regional Referral Hospital exists to provide specialized health care, preventive, promotive , curative and rehabilitative services to the eight districts of the Acholi Sub-region.

“Regional Referral Hospitals further conduct training, research, support supervision to General Hospitals in districts and lower health facilities in the region. The ongoing expansion and rehabilitation includes construction of a casualty unit, 7 bed ICU wing, main operation theatre with 3 operation rooms and 81 bed maternity ward”.

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is self-accounting under Vote 165 with the Parliament of Uganda and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Its has a board that is appointed by the District Chairman of Gulu in consultation with other districts that use its services.

This Boards of Gulu Regional Referral hospital is expected to approve well prioritized work plans to ensure that the hospital focus on construction activities each financial year based on available funds.

Strategic Objective of Gulu Regional Referral Hospital include

  1. To improve maternal and child health in the catchment area
  2. Contributing to scaling up of health sector strategic interventions in order to improve the health of the community
  3. Prevention, management and control of communicable diseases
  4. To improve effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of hospital operations
  5. To support clinical departments by ensuring efficient, safe environmentally health system infrastructure for smooth delivery of health services
  6. Prevention, management and control of non-communicable diseases

Major Achievements in 2017/18, the total number of General OPD cases attended to is 36,949 out of the annual planned of 185,000. The OPD has been expanded to cater for the increased numbers.

The total number of patients admitted 6,524 out of 20,000 planned; Bed occupancy rate 74%; average length of stay is 2.5 days. Laboratory investigations were 45,131;total x-rays and U/S scans done were 712 and 1,109 respectively. 11,151 clients were immunized, medical equipment maintained in user units, periodic meetings held and user training done.

The new generator was purchased, installed and is operational.

Medium Term Plans In the medium term the hospital plans to complete the construction of the Interns hostel/resource center, completion of the furnishing of the private wing, purchase of 2 hospital vehicles and purchase of a three phase generator.

The hospital also plans to improve on service delivery by attending to more patients, improving community services, finalize the hospital master plan and implement the patients charter.

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