Joseph Kavuma, the Navumbe Local Council-LCI Chairperson, says the current status of the Health center impedes service delivery to residents yet they can’t afford services in alternative medical facilities.
town council residents in Buikwe District want the authorities to elevate Nkokonjeru
Health Center II, the only government facility in their area to a Health Center
say that Nkokonjeru Health Center II is too small and under facilitated to cater
for the more than 10, 000 people in the town council and the neighbouring
the Health Ministry guidelines, a town council is supposed to have a health
center III. A Health Center II acts as the first level of interaction in the
health sector and communities providing outpatient curative services, community
outreach services and linkages with the village health team-VHT.
facilities are expected to handle not more than 2,000 patients a month. However, Nkokonjeru
town council has been dependent on Nkokonjeru Health Center II since it
attained town council status in 1995. The Health Center currently handles more
than 3000 patients.
Joseph Kavuma, the Navumbe Local Council-LCI Chairperson, says the current
status of the Health center impedes service delivery to residents yet they can’t
afford services in alternative medical facilities.
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Winnie Nawusa, a resident of Nkokonjeru town council says, several residents
have been held captive in private clinics and hospitals over failure to pay for
She reveals that many mothers are subjected to penalties such
as working for months in private health facilities to compensate for health
services. Sylvia Nabasumba, another resident says they rarely find healthy workers at the
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seeking services from Ebenezer medical center and St. Francis hospital
Nkokonjeru, a church founded private health facility in the area, residents
travel a distance of over 30km to access services at the district hospital in Lugazi
Buikwe District Health Officer-DHO, Dr. Richard Bbosa says they are aware of
the situation in Nkokonjeru town council, saying they have severally reminded Ministry
of Health to upgrade the facility to offer extra services.