Rhoda Kyalisima, another parent says that her child fell sick on
Monday but when she went to the health centre, she didn’t find any health
She added that on Tuesday when she returned to the facility, she
was told that there were no drugs but was advised to buy them from a clinic and
take the child back to the health centre on Wednesday for injections.
However, when she went back on Wednesday with the prescribed
drugs, there was no one to attend to her.
//Cue in: “Hati tusokerega kunu…
Cue out… niwe nandikuronda,”//
Vallance Tugume, says that her daughter who was suffering an
illness that he doesn’t understand also remained unattended too because he
could not trace for even a single health worker.
//Cue in: “Nyowe nibwo nkuhika...
Cue out… yakingaho yagenda.”//
Apart from absent health workers, the oxygen machine broke down
and the theatre has since been closed over unclear reasons. Patients in need of
services are always told to travel to Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital
which is over 100 kilometers away.
Efforts to get a comment from the in- charge, Yesta Martin, and
the District Health Officer, Dr Julius Balinda, yielded no results as repeated
messages and calls to their phones went unanswered.
John Kisoke, the Kyegegwa LCV Chairperson, who also doubles as the
health committee secretary, says that he is unaware that health workers at the
facility abandon patients.