Ensuring Patient Safety: Mbarara Referral Hospital Sets the Bar High in Pharmacovigilance!

The Ministry of Health has been making efforts to instill a culture of reporting adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to safeguard medicine users against drug-related problems.

Unfortunately, the call been falling short of the set target by the World Health Organization which recommends over 200 ADRs reports per 1000,000 population.  

Police in Mbarara are investigating a case involving a woman who was arrested at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital yesterday evening, 12th June 2023.

The suspect, identified as Doreen Amutuhaire was whisked away by detectives at Mbarara Central Police Station after they were notified by the hospital administration.

From a small unit that attracted overwhelming numbers of Brucella and Tuberculosis patients in 1950s, Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital commonly referred to as Mbarara Hospital has spread its wings in offering highly specialized patient care services.

Among 17 Regional Referral Hospitals in the Country, Mbarara Hospital can now boast of being next to none as far as health care service delivery.


The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine has called upon researchers to venture into innovations that are tailored to address people centered problems.

The Permanent Secretary sent her message through the Mbarara Referral Hospital Director Dr Celestine Barigye who represented her at the recent concluded 8th annual CAMTech Uganda that occured at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

According to Dr Atwine, without innovative approaches deployed by the Ministry of Health it would be difficult to respond to the ever emerging and re-emerging health problem.

Mbarara Referral Hospital has emerged the overall winner of 2022 public service award beating all other counterparts in the country.
The award was received by the Hospital Director Dr Celestine Barigye at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds where the 11th Public service day took place on 22nd June of 2022

Government through the health  ministry has welcomed the state of art laboratory funded by the world bank at Mbarara referral hospital.

This, after both ministry of health and world bank officials inspected a newly completed laboratory at the western Uganda’s biggest hospital.

Dubbed “East Africa public health lab” it guzzled over 3.5 Bn Ugx.

These evaluated the state of the art laboratory among other projects in the hospital and concluded that its up to standard.

This will be offering a wide range of services which among others include renal function test, culture & sensitivity, helicobacter antigen among others.

Dr. Barigye commended the world bank together with the government of Uganda for funding Mbarara RRH.

He added that this laboratory is a very big step towards attaining a national referral status in future though he appealed to the world bank to offer more diagnostic equipment.

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