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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital Needs Support For Front Line Workers

Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is struggling to provide supports to frontline workers in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There are 10 health workers stationed at the COVID-19 isolation unit but lack essential items including beds and cooking utensils.

The Hospital Senior Administrator Paul Ajuk says the hospital is incapacitated to provide those essential items for the frontline workers.

The regional referral hospital is also struggling to cope up with impacts of the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19.

With over 300 staff residing outside the hospital, management is struggling to transport health workers who are scattered within Gulu Municipality as well as in the outskirts of Gulu Municipality every morning to work and drop them every evening after work.

The Director of the hospital, Dr James Elima, revealed that management has changed work schedules and attendance for the health workers to less than the 8 hours a day as required by the Ministry of Public Service.

Dr Elima also explained that due to financial constraints, the hospital is currently using fuel given to them by well-wishers for surveillance.

According to Dr Elima, the Gulu hospital is among the 16 regional referrals in the country with the least accommodation adding that the completion of the 54 multi-billion staff housing units is expected to bring some sigh of relief.

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