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.
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.
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
basis and about 200 women visit
the centre every Monday for antenatal services.
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
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
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
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
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
for the patients.