Butenga Health Center IV in Bukomansimbi district is struggling to
provide maternal health services due to shortages of medical supplies.
The Health Center IV is currently operating as the main hospital
facility for the Bukomansimbi district, serving a population of more than
Harriet Nakamya, the Assistant District Health Officer and the
in-charge Maternal and Child Health unit at the facility, says their abilities
to offer the required services are limited by inadequate medical supplies by National
Medical Stores- NMS.
She explains that they register a higher of patients compared to the volume of medical supplies from the government which can only
meet the demands of an ordinary Health Centre IV, which under the Ministry of
Health stricture is meant to serve a constituency.
According to Nakamya, the facility exhausts its medical supplies
and other sundries in the first three weeks, leaving them stuck of patients for
the rest of the period before another supply is made. On average according to records, the Health
Centre receives at least 50 cases of people that require the child and maternal
Nakamya narrates that sometimes, they are forced to make referrals
for medical conditions that would be managed at the facility if the supplies
were available at the health facility and that this comes with high-cost
implications on the patients who require moving to Masaka Regional Referral
Hospital or resort to provide service providers.
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Dr Ponsiano Mwebe, the Health Centre’s Medical Superintendent wants the
facility elevated to district General Hospital as a sustainable solution to the
chronic inadequacy of supplies. He says that they regularly receive
patients coming from the neighbouring districts of Sembabule and Kalungu, hence
widening their scope of services beyond one district of Bukomansimbi.
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Fred Nyenje Kayiira, the Bukomansimbi LCV Chairperson says the
district is in touch with their area Members of Parliament to make their cause
towards the elevation of the health centre to hospital status.
He says that besides the lack of supplies, the health centre needs to
have more buildings and specialized equipment, whose construction and
procurement requires direct government funding.