Members of the Parliamentary COVID-19 taskforce have expressed
shock at the poor state of health centres in Buyende district.
The members of parliament were on a tour of health facilities in the district
to assess how prepared they are to handle COVID-19 cases. They discovered that
the facilities lack space to accommodate both suspects and positive cases.
The structures at Kidera Health Centre IV and Buyende Health Centre III are
dilapidated which affects the general well-being of patients. Beatrice Rwakamari, the Ntungamo woman MP says that the district is neighbouring
Lake Kyoga but it lacks gazetted quarantine centres which make it hard for them
to track down suspects.
Rwakamari adds that due to limited space, the isolation centre at Kidera health
centre IV is shared by patients and covid-19
suspects which frustrate efforts to fight the pandemic.
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Kyotera Woman MP Robinah Ssentongo says that the whole district has poor road
infrastructure which has directly affected the fight against COVID-19 as
responsible authorities cannot track down suspects due to impassable roads.
Ssentongo further says that communities are not adhering to the presidential
directives on the prevention of covid19 which could increase the chances of
spreading the disease in case of an outbreak.
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Buyende District Chairperson Robert Ziribasanga says that the politicians have
tried to lobby the ministry of health for better infrastructure even before
covid19 but they are yet to receive any response.