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Patients Congest Nakifuma HCIII as Security Block Medics From Traveling by Boda

She notes that the few who managed to get travel documents from the RDC and District Health Offices were also stopped and documents confiscated. Nassali says currently the facility is also struggling to handle the patient influx amidst inadequate utilities such water and electricity after the solar panels got faulty and making referrals following the ban on public transport is extremely hard.
Patients waiting for services at Nabalanga HCIII.

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Medical workers at Nabalanga Health Center III in Nakifuma town council have been forced to stay at home since the declaration of the 42 days’ lockdown for failure to access transportation means.

The facility is currently groaning under the influx of patients turning up for treatment but are being handled by only four health workers who stay at the facility. Nabalanga has a staff of twelve medical workers and six support staff.

The Facility's officer-In-Charge Rebeccah Nassali says her staff members travel a distance of over ten kilometers but security operatives stopped them from using bodabodas despite identifying themselves as medical workers.

She notes that the few who managed to get travel documents from the Resident District Commissioner-RDC and District Health Offices were also stopped and documents confiscated.

Nassali says currently the facility is also struggling to handle the patient influx amidst inadequate utilities such water, electricity after the solar panels running faulty and hard means of making referrals following the ban on public transport. 

“We would wish to abide by the president’s order of staying at the facility during this time but our accommodation facility can only cater for four people, lacks electricity needed especially to help mothers deliver during night hours and also enough medicine especially at this time when many people left town centers to villages.”

//Cue in: “Mu mbeera nga…

Cue out: …bali mubyalo”//

Statistics at Nabalanga HCIII indicate that before the new restrictions, the facility was receiving on average about 30 clients on a daily basis but now the number has increased to 70, while the staff attendance has fallen from 18 to four.  

 

The Assistant  Officer-In-Charge of the facility Mustafah Kayondo explains that the only means of making referrals was by use of commuter taxis and bodabodas than waiting for ambulances that usually delay by over five hours yet most of the referrals are critical.

Kayondo appeals to the district and the government at least provide two emergence vehicles to transport medical workers and another one to help in effecting referrals.

“Most of the time we are forced to treat patients from outside due to the congested nature of our facility, the most challenging moment if making referrals for the most critical emergencies.”

//Cue in: “Omulwadde tokyasobola…

Cue out: …omukoleki omutwale”//

Yudaya Nassimbwa, a resident at Nabalanga is worried that with the increasing number of patients at the facility, several people are risking contracting the deadly Covid-19 disease.

But Dr. Stephen Mulindwa, the Mukono DHO says complainants are not medical workers but impersonators pretending to work at the facility. According to him Nakifuma relies on two ambulances from St Francis Hospital, Naggalama to cater for referrals.

//Cue in: “Abo bewasanze siwebakolera…

Cue out: …alemereddwa okutwalibwa”//

The Nakifuma Town Council Health Inspector Deborah Nakabugo says the district needs a review in it its methods of responding to emergencies. She notes that one ambulance at Naggalama responds to Covid-19 emergencies and another one for other ailments requires payments which vary depending on the distance to cover. One needs a starting fee of shillings 150, 000 for the ambulance services from Naggalama to Kampala.

Meanwhile, the Mukono RDC Fatumah Ndisaba acknowledges that there is still a big gap between his office and security teams in the field implementing the presidential orders.

She notes that they confiscate travel permits issued out to essential persons in the community they yet play an important role in the fight against Covid-19.

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