The Emergency-Care Crisis in Uganda

Francis Kyakulaga, a district sanitation manager, and I had finished eating a meal at the ground floor restaurant of the Mwaana Hotel on the Trans-African Highway in Uganda. During the meal, we noticed an increasing commotion in the hotel lobby area, and Kyakulaga asked a man what was happening. He informed us that someone had collapsed upstairs.

We hurried upstairs to find an unconscious man lying in the hallway. A hotel worker had seen him collapse about one hour before and had informed the hotel management. While the hotel staff prepared our food, they had left the unconcious man in the hallway. They did not know what to do to help him.

A pickup truck removes the body of a man who died at a hotel for lack of emergency care Credit: Jae Lee

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