Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Paediatric surgery and anaesthesia in south-western Uganda: a cross-sectional survey

Isabeau A Walker, Apunyo D Obua, Falan Mouton, Steven Ttendo & Iain H Wilson

Volume 88, Number 12, December 2010, 897-906

Table 1. Summary characteristics of 29 hospitals performing major surgery in 14 districts of south-western Uganda, 2007–2008a

Designation of hospital In-patient beds
Operating theatres in use
Surgeons in post
Anaesthesia providers in post
Specialist surgeon
Trainee surgeon
Medical officer
Physician anaesthetist
Anaesthetic officer
Anaesthetic assistant
“Trained on job”
No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range) No. Median (range)
Government Health Centres IVa (n = 4) 142 32 (29–50) 6 1.5 (1–2) 0 0 5 1 (1–2) 0 1 0 (0–1) 4 1 (0–1) 0
Government district hospital (n = 9) 979 100 (100–150) 18 2 (2–2) 2 0 (0–1) 0 22 2 (1–5) 0 11 2 (0–2) 8 1 (0–2) 6 0 (0–3)
Government referral hospital (n = 3) 980 330 (200–450) 6 2 (2–2) 26 4 (2–20) 17 3 (3–11) 7 3.5 (2–5) 7 1 (0–6) 13 5 (3–5) 3 1 (0–2) 1 0 (0–1)
NGO/mission hospitalb (n = 12) 1736 147 (25–300) 30 2 (1–4) 12 0 (0–4) 0 29 3 (2–5) 0 8 1 (0–2) 10 1 (0–2) 10 1 (0–4)
Private hospital (n = 1) 100 1 3 0 2 2 0 1 0
Totals for all 14 districts (n = 29) 3937 100 (25–450) 61 2 (1–4) 43 0 (0–20) 17 0 (0–17) 65 2 (0–5) 9 0 (0–6) 33 1 (0–5) 26 1 (0–2) 17 0 (0–4)
Total per 100 000 population 62 1.0 0.7 0.3 1.0 0.1 0.9c 0.3

NGO, nongovernmental organization.

a In 2007 the region had a population of 6 305 000.

bAnaesthesia administered by operating surgeon in two hospitals.

c Totals for anaesthetic officers and anaesthetic assistants combined.

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