Today, I visited the Soroti Hospital through the invitation of Friends of Soroti Club (FSC) in an effort to see firsthand the extensive lack of sanitary measures, equipment and facilities to serve the multitude of people that are referred to this hospital from the local health centers. Soroti hospital is a referral district hospital where patients with serious illnesses that cannot be treated at the local health centers are referred to. The hospital lacks proper sanitation which in my view is putting a lot of patients at risk of contracting other infectious diseases as they seek medical care in this facility.
Friends of Sorti Club is a “watchdog” group created to motivate compliance with hospital policy by staff and patients. They seek to make sure that the quality of care to patients improves as well as patients to adhere to healthy behavior during their stay at the hospital. Friends of Soroti Club have organized a cleanup campaign on Thursday March 8th to clean the hospital grounds as part of the events marking the celebration of Women’s Day in Soroti. To show our support for healthy and clean environment, MADI will donate clean drinking water to the volunteers that will show up to help keep the hospital grounds clean.
Take a look at the pictures on our website and you will see the number of women and children lying on the ground around the hospital compound. Most of the patients at the hospital come from far away villages and cannot make it home each time their sick love one needs something. As a result, these care takers campout on the hospital ground where they cook, eat, and create tremendous amount of waste. Just a few yards away from them is an incinerator and garbage dumping site where everything including body parts from the hospital are dumped. While i was there, two kids came through a fence-like barrier intended to protect this area, with no shoes on they marched straight to the garbage area. I stood there in awe!