Referral Hospital

Wolaita Sodo University Teaching Referral Hospital was established as a small clinic on 1920 E.C by Christian Missionaries (SIM- Sudan Interior Mission). Since then, it has been undertaking the service for about 50 years as a primary hospital, 30 years as general hospital, 3 years as zonal hospital, and for 5 years as referral hospital. Later, in 2007 G.C, it was amalgamated with Wolaita Sodo University as a Teaching and Referral Hospital with academic responsibilities of teaching-learning apart from its primary care principle of clinical service at its inception. Currently, numbers of departments are running teaching-learning activities in the hospital. These include: Department of Nursing, Department of Midwifery, Department of Anesthesia, School of Medicine, School of Public Health, Bio/Epidemiology, Post Basic Nursing, Pharmacy, and Surgery, Gyni / Obs, Laboratory and others.

The Teaching and Referral Hospital gives service to nearly 3 million people in the catchment area and approximately 450-500 patients visit the hospital per day. The hospital has 350 beds for inpatient and emergency activity. Similarly, it delivers 24 hrs emergency operative activities for both general public and delivering mothers in two separate operative theatres. The hospital is also delivering 24 hours laboratory and pharmacy service in all delivery service points. It is expanding its service to accommodate the increasing demands of the people.

According to the Federal Ministry of Health standards, the teaching and referral hospital is expected to maintain sufficient number of staff with the qualifications, training, skills, infrastructures, and necessary facilities to meet patient needs. However, the hospital has basic infrastructure problems and are poorly furnished, which compromises service quality of the hospital. In addition to this, there is insufficient number of staff, skill gap, and insufficient capacity building mechanisms and continuous professional development programs, which resulting in poor quality of care and raise of good governance problems. This caused dissatisfaction for service providers and customers, results in, inefficiency, waste of resources, failure to reach the most needy and medical maladministration. If the hospital cannot reach to the status of providing a competent medical care to the expected standard, it might results in mistrust and the society will lack confidence to be served and at the same time the quality of the academic program will be at risk.

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