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Congolese Exerting Pressure on Tonya Health Center III

According to the Health ministry structure, the facility is expected to have four enrolled nurses but none is available. Only one of the four required midwives is available at the facility. The position of clinical officer is also vacant.
Some of the Congolese Nationals that had come to seek for Medical services at Tonya Health Center III in Buseruka sub county on Monday.

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Tonya Health Center III in Hoima district is struggling with an overwhelming number of Congolese nationals seeking health services.

Congolese nationals from Mukambu, Joo, Kasenyi and Tchomia in the Democratic Republic of Congo access treatment at the health center, which already overstretched.

Tonya Health Center III currently receives more than 1000 patients on a monthly basis. It serves a population of about 10,000 settlers on Lake Albert shores. The facility only has six out of the required 19 staff.    

According to the Health ministry structure, the facility is expected to have four enrolled nurses but none is available. Only one of the four required midwives is available at the facility. The position of clinical officer is also vacant.  

Although the few available medical workers have tried to extend health services to residents and foreign nationals, there are complaints of inadequate services. The health workers blame the problem on the overwhelming number of patients.    

URN visited Tonya Health Center III on Monday and found several Congolese nationals seeking treatment. 

Michael Tinka, a resident of Tonya parish, says at times they go without medication due to the overwhelming number of Congolese nationals seeking treatment at the facility.   

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Canary Balyesiima, another resident wants government to regulate the influx of Congolese nationals seeking treatment at the health center. 

He also wants government to elevate the facility to a Health Center IV given the high number of patients it handles.   

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Harriet Kabasindi, the Tonya Parish Woman Councilor, says due to poor health services in DR Congo several Congolese nationals are compelled to cross to the facility in search of better medical services.    

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Seraji Bedijo, the Buseruka Sub county Health Secretary has called for the immediate government intervention to boost the capacity of the health center to fully serve the increasing number of patients. 

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Henry Katalibahwa, the Chairperson Tonya Health Unit Management Committee, says the situation has been made worst by the few health workers at the Health center. He asks government to increase on the drug supplies and staff at the facility.    

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A  Congolese national who spoke to URN at the facility on the condition of anonymity, said they are compelled to seek Health services in Uganda because the services in their area are poor.    

Marvin Mutegeki, the Assistant in charge of the health center, says they are over-stretched. 

He says they often run out of drugs because of the increased number of Congolese nationals seeking treatment at the facility.     

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