This afternoon, while the rest of the group visited the Luzira Prison, a group of six of us Drake students traveled to Mukono Hospital, a private Church of Uganda hospital, to visit with administration and staff regarding the hospital's conditions and management. Despite the fact that our initial plans to meet with a Mukono Hospital doctor fell through, we were able to meet a hospital administrator, who answered our questions, and we were given a tour of the hospital and its facilities. While touring the hospital, it was interesting to see the various wards--for children, men, women, and pregnant mothers--have multiple beds separated from one another merely by curtains. Throughout the tour, we were able to communicate with other hospital staff, such as a laboratory technician and registered nurse. Mukono Hospital contained many hospital necessities, including a radiology room, dental office, operating room, ultrasound, and a laboratory for running tests (including HIV and malaria). According to the administrator, there are three doctors working in the hospital and one surgeon, seeing on average almost 80 patients and performing roughly five surgeries per day. It was an interesting experience seeing a hospital in Uganda that provided better care than I personally expected. The hospital was organized and clean, and the staff was knowledgeable and active. It was clear that providing healthcare to individuals was of utmost importance--particularly when the administrator said that they would care for patients even if the patient were unable to pay for the services. With hospitals like Mukono with a mission to provide quality healthcare to patients, a more sustainable healthcare system in Uganda can be possible if facilities and staff are improved to provide healthcare accessibility to all Ugandan citizens.
The beds in the infant ward.
Beds in the maternity ward separated by curtains.