The theatre at Kigorobya Health Center IV in Kigorobya sub county, Hoima district is lying idle due to the failure by government to recruit there an anesthetic technician and attendant.
The theatre built 10 years ago, is equipped with an operating table, oxygen Cylinder, anesthetic machine and sterilizer among others but it is dysfunctional due to lack of critical staff.
The theatre is being used by the Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) to carry out safe male medical circumcision Lawrence.
Tumusiime the health officer incharge of Bugahya health sub-district says the facility receives hundreds of patients in need of surgery but they end up referring them to Hoima Regional Referral Hospital due to the failure to operationalize the theatre.
He has appealed for government intervention. Tumusiime made the remarks during the handover of a maternity ward that was renovated by MTN Uganda. MTN equipped the facility with 10 beds, 10 mosquito nets, 10 blankets and installed a water tank. This cost Sh90m.
MTN general manager in charge of sales and distribution Juliet Nsubuga says the renovation is part of MTN’s cooperate social responsibility aimed at promoting good health.
While receiving the facility, the Kigorobya County MP who is also the state minister for public service David Karubanga commended MTN for the support.
Karubanga, however admits the shortage of anesthetic personnel adding that government is currently training the medics who will later be deployed to various health units.
Joseph Ruyonga the Hoima district health officer says the renovated maternity ward will improve on maternal and infant health care services.
Speaking at a luncheon at Mika Eco Resort Hotel, Andrew Byakutaga the Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Prime Minister commended MTN for giving back to the Kingdom subjects through supporting health and education and called for more support to foster development.