Dr. Fredrick Kahuma, in charge of Karugutu Health Center IV, says the district and the government are aware of the situation at the facility, so he is trying to convince NGO partners to lend a hand and establish building structures to save the situation. The district Chairman William Kasoro says the medics have a tough time convincing patients to share the same ward, yet they can’t turn them away.
Karugutu Health Center IV have requested the government to construct more building facilities
so that there can be some measure of dignity for patients at the health unit.
Karugutu HC IV
which currently serves over 27,000 patients every month is the second health Center
IV in Ntoroko district. Being along the highway, the facility receives
patients from Bundibugyo Ntoroko and DRC.
facility is having a number of challenges ranging from shortage of essential drugs,
inadequate staff, limited space for expansion and few structures for accommodating in-patients.
Patients and attendants at Karugutu health Center IV said the facility lacks privacy whereby both men,
women and children are being treated from the same general ward irrespective of
their various illnesses, a situation they say is unacceptable and the government
should immediately act on the problem.
one of the patients at Kargutu health Center IV told urn that it is unbecoming to
have men in the same ward with females since other patients due to illness-related conditions, can’t control themselves hence end up striping naked in
front of their opposite sex.
//Cue in: Ekiziibu
Cue out: Nka
Yusuf Kule Katwikirize, a patient, attendant told our reporter that Karugutu health Center is the
biggest facility in the district and due to its proximity the government should
grant it a status of a district general hospital.
he was shocked when his patient was ordered to share the same ward with men yet
she’s is a woman, he says the facility also treats all patients in the same
ward irrespective of their diagnosis.
//Cue in : Norora
omukazi Nibamuleta mu ward ya abasaija..//
Cue out : ebitali
bya government nibyo Nibituyamba,”//
Mate sawani the
secretary social services at Karugutu town council says they have reported the matter
to the district authorities’ severally but nothing has been done to save the
Cue in: I’m at the
health Center IV karugutu…//
Cue out: at least we would separate//
Kahuma the Karugutu health Center IV in charge says the district and the
government are all aware of the situation at the facility, however, he is trying
to convince Non-government organization development partnern to lend a hand and
help in establishing building structures that will in the end save the
William Kasoro the
district chairman admits that there is a challenge at the facility especially
the lack of privacy where men women and children are being treated from the
He says the
district has no funds to establish new structures at the moment and the
government has been notified severally, but without giving any positive response.
“Most of the
structures established at the facility have since been contributed by donor in
spite the facility having been in place for over 50 years, we want to see the
government contribution as well, the medics here are going through tough times
to convince patients to share the same wards, they can’t turn them away,” Kasoro sated.
Kasoro says the
hospital also lacks a mortuary to keep the dead bodies, he says today the
patients and corpses have to share the same space until claimants retrieve the bodies.