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Medics, Residents Appeal for Support to Construct Buikwe Health Centre III

The Health Centre in charge Olivia Kato notes that their current location has very poor sanitary facilities, yet its location is not friendly because they have to endure dust during the dry season and flooding during the rainy season. As a result, she adds, they have lost medicines valued in millions of Shillings to such environmental hazards.
Buikwe Health Center III.

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Medical workers, at Buikwe Health Centre III, have appealed for the expeditious construction of a new facility. They are currently working under a dilapidated commercial building located along with Lugazi-Kiyindi road, belonging to the then area Member of Parliament Ronnie Mutebi.

The facility offers inpatient and outpatient services, family planning, laboratory services antenatal and postnatal services. It also has a children's clinic and immunization, outreaches, counselling and HIV screening. Records indicate that the facility admits more than 1,000 outpatients on a monthly basis and about 200 women visit the centre every Monday for antenatal services.

The district shifted to the commercial building in order to pave way for the construction of a new facility. But five years down the road, all they have in place is the maternity ward which was constructed using locally generated revenues.

The Health Centre in charge Olivia Kato notes that their current location has very poor sanitary facilities, yet its location is not friendly because they have to endure dust during the dry season and flooding during the rainy season. As a result, she adds, they have lost medicines valued in millions of Shillings to such environmental hazards.

Kato appeals to the government to elevate the facility to Health Centre IV in order to increase the services offered to patients.

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Elias Lutwama, a resident of Buikwe Town Council advises the district to tarmac a section of the road where the facility is located to reduce dust and renovate the buildings since the construction of the new facility almost stalled. “Patients run to the facility for medical services but instead end up becoming worse because of its poor condition,” Lutwama notes. 

Buikwe District Health Officer-DHO Dr Richard Bbosa acknowledges that several facilities at the level of HCIII within the district need renovation and upgrade, but the district runs activities on a limited budget.

For instance, he says, the district was allocated  7.8 billion Shillings for the health sector, yet what they need almost doubles the allocations.

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Diana Mutasingwa, the District Woman Member of Parliament and also Minister in charge of the office of the Vice President promises to mobilise MPs from Buikwe district to lobby for more resources so as to improve the working condition of health workers as well as provide a conducive treatment environment for the patients.   

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