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MPs Shocked By State of Lyantonde Health Centres

During the night, patients are expected to provide their own lighting if they can afford to buy kerosene for the lamps. In most cases, the MPs were informed by Dr. Okoth Obbo, the district health officer, that doctors work by phone torch light.
MPs Komuhendo and Nyakikongoro tour the inadequately equipped threatre
Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) members on a health inspection tour of Lyantonde on Thursday have expressed shock at the poor state of health centres in the district.

The members of parliament were on a tour of Kinuuka Health Centre III where men, women, and children all share the same ward irrespective of their illnesses or age.

UWOPA members, led by their committee chairperson Hon. Flavia Rwabuhoro, inspected Kinuuka Health Centre III where they were informed that the centre’s general ward has only 3 beds. Kinuuka Health Centre III is the main government health unit in the area.

Not only was Hon. Rwabuhoro surprised to note that the patients do not have any privacy, the health facility also lacks electricity.

During the night, patients are expected to provide their own lighting if they can afford to buy kerosene for the lamps. In most cases, the MPs were informed by Dr. Okoth Obbo, the district health officer, that doctors work by phone torch light.

Sheema district woman MP Hon Rosemary Nyakikogoro wondered what the facility does when it has more than one expectant mother on their hands at the same time. The maternity ward has the capacity to handle one expectant mother at a time.

Dr Okoth Obbo said that the health facilities in the area are greatly affected by understaffing. He said Kinuuka health center III is supposed to operate with 18 medics but has only 4 medics with one midwife.

Dr Obbo informed the MPs that while the district health authorities had raised these issues with the Ministry of Health, no solutions had been forthcoming so far.  

However Hon. Rwabuhoro appealed to the ministry of Gender to speed up the process of appointing women councils to represent women’s ideas and views so that problems affecting women can be addressed.

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