Patients shun government Hospital as Doctors keep away

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The patients turn up at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital has drastically decreased over the ongoing industrial action of senior Medical workers of government health facilities, which started last week.

Doctor Nathan Onyachi, the hospital superintendent says the numbers at their Outpatient Department have continuously decreased despite the presence of the lower cadre medical workers and doctors willing to attend to arising emergencies.

For instance by close of the day on Friday; only 40 male patients had showed up, yet the numbers go beyond 90 everyday. The register also indicated a turnout of mothers and children as 83 down from at least 220 the hospital receives on each normal working day.

Beside impromptu patient visitors, the different hospital departments have got regular clients that either return on treatment schedules or follow-up checks, but these have also not been spared.