Health workers of Kakingol HCIII in Katikekile Sub County, Moroto
District have resumed work despite shortage of water.
The health workers went on strike last week due to lack of
water. The facility has been facing challenges of water shortage for the last
two years. However, this season, the situation worsened due to prolonged
At the facility, some pregnant women or their attendants walk distances of more
than three kilometres to access water from dirty sources.
In some cases, villagers offer to fetch water at a cost of 1,000 shillings
The lack of water and led to filth inside the facility. Stains of blood are a
common sight in the general and maternity wards.
Timothy Okiror, the in-charge Kakingol HCIII, says they were asked
to return to work by the district officials. He notes that the water situation
at the facility has not changed, adding that the health workers only attend to
emergency cases especially deliveries.
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Martin Jaachan Gwokto, the Chief Administrative Officer Moroto says the water problem will soon be addressed.
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Robert Nangiro, the village chairperson of Narengenya in Kakingol wants
authorities to treat the situation as an emergency. He says the water situation
has affected both the health unit and the school.