Ms Stellah Namulondo, one of the attendants at the hospital, said taking care of her patient is challenging because she uses her phone torch, which also needs electricity to charge. It is now five months since Bugiri Hospital’s electric power was disconnected due to accumulated bill of Shs100m. Ms Angella Aanyu, a midwife at the hospital, said due to the power cut, they lose between four to five babies every month, especially those born prematurely and need an incubator to survive. “Sometimes we deliver premature [babies] and they need an incubator but there is no power. We often advise mothers to adopt the kangaroo method [snuggling of the premature baby inside the pouch of its mother’s shirt, much like a kangaroo’s pouch]. If this fails to work, the babies die, for instance in January, we lost four premature babies,” Ms Aanyu says. “Some mothers, after caesarean section, need oxygen to support their lives but because of the power cut, we can’t operate it and some [patients] die in the process of being transferred to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, which is 55km away,” she adds. Ms Aanyu said due to darkness at night, they are compelled to use phone torches while conducting deliveries. The hospital acting medical supretendant, Dr Stephen Isabirye, said they receive Shs37m every quarter, which is very little to cater for all the hospital requirements, including utilities such as water bills, which is about Shs10m per month and electricity which costs them between Shs10m to Sh12m a month.

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