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Moses Kaahwa, the in-charge of Butiaba Health Center III describes the situation at the facility as appalling. He says that accommodating five staff in one room compromises their privacy.
The submerged Butiaba Health Center III together with the staff quarters. The staff are protesting lack of accomodation after their former premises were submerged.Photo by Emmanuel Okello

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Health Workers at Butiaba Health Center III in Butiaba town Council in Buliisa district have decried lack of accommodation. The health center has a workforce of 23 people and only a single house comprising three rooms for staff accommodation.  

Apparently, five workers share a single room. As a result, some of the health workers have opted to rent in the neighbourhood yet they are supposed to sleep at the health facility. This affects their response time to emergency cases at the facility. 

Moses Kaahwa, the in-charge of Butiaba Health Center III describes the situation at the facility as appalling. He says that accommodating five staff in one room compromises their privacy.

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A nurse at the facility told URN on condition of anonymity that they are going through untold suffering due to lack of accommodation. “There is no privacy at all at this place since we are crowded in one room. This situation is completely out of hand but we are here to save lives. We call upon the government to immediately intervene,” she said.    


Another male staff said that since water triggered by flooding from Lake Albert submerged their former staff quarters they have been undergoing untold suffering.  Moses Kaahwa, the Health Center in charge also says that the current facility where they are operating from is also at the verge of being submerged by floods.

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Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO confirms that the health workers are going through untold suffering, adding that his office has already forwarded the matter to the Health Ministry for consideration. He says ever since water submerged the old health facility life has become very difficult for the health workers.

In April this year, health officials closed Butiaba Health Center III after failing to secure a better place to treat patients from. Floods triggered by the rising water level in Lake Albert submerged the health facility in October last year forcing the authorities to move health services to Butiaba Primary school since pupils were still home due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   


The floods submerged staff quarters, maternity, male and female wards, store and the Outpatient Department - OPD among other facilities. Also submerged were roads leading to the health facility making it difficult for patients to access. 

The health center receives 200 patients on average each day including some who come from the Democratic Republic of Congo.