Mbarara Hospital warns against unnecessary frenzy during festivities

The Mbarara Referral Hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye, and the Hospital Public Relations Officer, Mr Halson Kagure during a radio talk show on UBC Radio West

Mbarara, (UG): As Ugandans descend the countryside to reunite with their dear ones during the Christmas season, Mbarara Referral Hospital leadership has reminded citizens about how the World’s scientists have not yet found spare parts for life.

While appearing on UBC Radio West’s Empikahona in Mbarara City on Thursday, Dr Celestine Barigye, the Mbarara Referral Hospital boss said that whereas Christmas is a season for joy, it might turn sour if celebrated with unresponsiveness.

Dr Barigye who appeared alongside Halson Kagure the Mbarara Referral Hospital’s Public Relations Officer noted that accidents always define the festive season.

According to Kagure, the hospital alone receives over 100 accident-related cases on a monthly basis which he attributes to poor mechanical conditions and human behaviors.

The victims are admitted through the Accidents and Emergency Department of the Hospital before being transferred to the Surgical Ward upon stabilization.

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To Dr Barigye, accidents tend to be rampant during Christmas but can be avoided if traffic rules are heeded. He went on to remind the country of over 20,000 road traffic accident cases the country registered last year.

Most of the survivors may suffer untold suffering for the rest of their lives so it is good to do more of prevention other than cure. Asked about how the hospital is prepared, Dr Barigye said operations will continue as usual.

Mr Kagure said that the Hospital’s medical emergency teams are also on high alert to respond to any emergency from any place. He added that the Ankole region has about 14 ambulances all coordinated by Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital and services are free of cost.

He further noted that all lower health facilities within the region have been empowered to handle emergencies adding that the complex cases are referred to the main hospital.

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Dr Barigye who is also the regional director also urged the population youths in particular to endeavor to avoid risky behaviors that would expose their lives to HIV/AIDS. His stern warning comes against the backdrop of putting Mbarara district one of those with rising cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections especially HIV/AIDS.

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