Low Nurse-patient ratio crippling service delivery at Mbarara Referral Hospital


MBARARA– As nurses in Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Nurses Day under the theme “a voice to lead, invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”,  nurses at Mbarara regional referral hospital want the number of nurses elevated in the wards at the hospital.

Speaking to journalists, Lubega Agirie Aligawesa the senior Principal Nursing Officer at the facility said that the patient nurse ratio is still minimal at the hospital due to shortage of nurses.

Aligawesa says the population of patients seeking medical services has increased at the facility though the number of nurses at the facility is still low.

She added that the total enrollment of nurses at the facility stands at 148 who find it hard to handle the overwhelming number of patients in the hospital wards.

Cue in…………Aligawesa on ratio

Charity Kwarikunda a senior assistant nursing Officer at Mbarara regional referral hospital says they are usually faced with a challenge of high patient numbers whereby one nurse works on 50-100 patients which sometimes causes burnouts among the nurses.

Cue in…………Charity on nurses

Meron Nayebaare, a patient who was found in the surgical ward at the facility told our reporter that the patients are normally delayed outside wards due to the ever increasing number of patients in wards and shortage of beds in the wards.

Cue in…………Nayebare on wardsAs part of the National Celebrations that took place in Kamuli District, nurses at Mbarara regional referral hospital have celebrated their day through dressing up patients and laying their beds in the surgical ward which has a huge number of patients at the facility.