The Unit strives to "provide high quality pediatric and child health care to all the children that need it" The ward is located in North East part of the hospital. It is bordered by Administration Block in the North; West by Operating Theatre, Library and the Hospital Chapel; South by old administration block.

The ward was constructed in 1954 and 1954 by Verona missionaries. The hospital has a bed capacity of 104 beds and 5 blocks under one in-charge and one deputy in-charge, and it has a space which accommodate up to 700 children.

The common conditions in children's ward are: Malaria, Acute Respiratory Tract infection (Pneumonia, and others) and severe Anemia.

Physical Structure
General ward
Infectious disease and neonatal wing
Private wing
Nutrition Unit

Administration:

Ward manager; reports to the Senior Nursing Officer
Deputy Manager; reports to the Ward manager and Senior Nursing Officer
Medical Officer; reports to the Senior Nursing Officer and Medical Superintendent
Clinical Officers
Head of sections e.g. Routine Counseling and Testing (RCT)

Objectives:

To provide curative services to the patients coming to attend medical and other services, and those referred from other health units.

Categories of workers in Children Ward:

· One medical officer
· Two clinical officers
· One registered midwife
· One registered nurse
· Four Enrolled Comprehensive Nurse (ECN)
· Two Enrolled Midwife (EM)
· Ten Nursing Assistants (N/A)
· Two volunteers
· Three ward maids
· Eight students on training from Lira Good Samaritan Enrolled Comprehensive Nurse training school

Activities carried out in Children Ward:

Curative
· Treating simple and complicated conditions
· Daily admissions of patients
· Routine care of inpatients; observations, bed making, administer of prescribed medicines, feeds
· The ward has three days for major ward round that is; Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; and four days of minor ward rounds
· Daily health talks to all patients and care takers
· Daily consultation at 5:00pm to 7:00am of OPD patients and we also offer services to OPD patients on week ends
· We make requisition of medicines and its supplies from hospital management every Monday, Wednesday and Friday under the authority of the ward Doctor/Clinical Officers
· Monthly staff meeting
· Monthly inventory

Preventive

· Routine Counseling and Testing to inpatients/care takers
· Refer un-immunized inpatient/child to immunization section within the hospital

Promotive

· Education on proper nutrition to sick, healthy children, infant and adequate food supply at home
· Emergencies referrals e.g. foreign body in Ear, Noise and Throat (ENT) section
· Quick isolation of infectious cases which was not detected from OPD
· Planned referrals e.g. cardiac cases

Working Hours

Children ward is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nurses works in 3 shifts;
Morning : 8:00am-2:00pm
Afternoon : 2:00pm-8:00pm and
Night : 8:00pm-8:00am.

Doctors and Clinical Officers works in 2 shifts within the 24 hours period i.e. from 8:00am-5:00pm, then on call from 5:00pm-8:00am.

Training

· Daily Continuous Medical Education (CME) to the nurses and students by the ward Doctors and Clinical Officers
· Daily CME to the students by qualified nurses
· Weekly general CME by hospital team
· Outside training being provided by the District health team

Volunteering
Children ward has two volunteers attached to Nutrition Unit

Technology
· Oxygen concentrations
· Nebulizers
· Ambu bag
· Suction Machine
· Lumber puncture equipment
· Portable head lamp for IV canulation

Challenges:
· Oxygen therapy
· Portable head lamp for IV canulation is down

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