By Ronald Kabuye
Mengo hospital has on Tuesday refuted the numerous media reports alledging that it used unprofessional doctors to carry out complex neurosurgical disease operations in a one week October medical camp which resulted into some loosing their lives including the former Kyadondo South legislator Hon. Issa Kikungwe.
The media put the number of those that lost their lives to 13 out of the 28 that were operated but this has been refuted by the hospital medical director Rose Mutumba who said that only five out of the 33 patients that were operated lost their lives and 28 are well, currently under the recovery process.
Dr. Mutumba also said that doctors and their assistance team that flew in from the Duke University led Dr. Michael Hugland to work on the neurosurgical patients was fully cleared by medical Council and the other line councils.
Dr. Mutumba revealed that to them the medical camp was successful besides few lives lost afterall that is expected in such complex operations thus they are still committed to the program.
she also revealed that the team also fully equipped one their three theatres and the intensive care unit with modern and relevant equipments, trained their medical officers handing the disease among others which process costed the team close to one million us dollars.
On allegations of sending many people in the theatre, doctor Mutumba explained the process of operation and the people who are supposed to be in the operating room at the time it’s carried out.
“our main theatre has three operation rooms, they are all function at the same time hence the number thus it’s not true that we piled people in the theatre as alledged in the media.” said doctor Mutumba
She further reaffirmed that they will not be diverted from their vision of being a center of excellence for health care in the country
“we are building a neurosurgical unit in this hospital, we want to continue making huge positive medical impact to the nation.
Our vision is being a center of excellence for quality, holistic health care, medical education and research and no one will divert us from that same cause.” Dr. Mutumba further said.
in the same way Dr. Patrick Luwagga the deputy medical director in charge of clinical services, said that they are building a comprehensive neurosurgical unit at the hospital with the aim of making the service affordable to even ordinary Ugandans.
He added that every Saturday morning they conduct an out patient clinic specifically handling neurosurgical diseases.
Neurosurgical diseases include brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve and cerebrovascular system.
The service now ranges from 8-10 million shillings however for that particular camp they only paid four millions.
By Ronald Kabuye