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Proposal to Turn Bukinda Health Centre III Into COVID-19 Evacuation Center Hangs in Balance

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A health worker at the facility told URN on condition of anonymity that the officials got stuck on how the medical and maternity wards can be turned into wards for COVID-19 patients since they are located in the middle of the facility and host some offices.
18 Nov 2020 07:59
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The proposal to convert Bukinda Health Centre III in Muhanga Town Council in Rukiga district into a COVID-19 evacuation Centre, hangs in balance.

The proposal was discussed by the COVID-19 over the weekend by the District Covid-19 taskforce led by the Resident District Commissioner, Purikeria Muhindo Mwiine, the acting District Health Officer, Gilbert Ahumuza and the World Health Organisation officials. 

The move came after Rukiga district registered 20 COVID-19 cases including 8 district staff. However, some of the patients were advised to self-isolate in their homes due to lack of space in the treatment center at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

Apparently, the unit has 60 patients over and above its capacity of 40 patients. On Monday, the RDC and Rukiga LC V Chairperson, Alexander Kampikaho surveyed Bukinda Health Centre III in Ibasyo Village in line with their proposal to turn it into a COVID-19 isolation center.

A health worker at the facility told URN on condition of anonymity that the officials got stuck on how the medical and maternity wards can be turned into wards for COVID-19 patients since they are located in the middle of the facility and host some offices. 

The District Health Officer, Gilbert Ahumuza told URN there are unresolved issues such the lack of personnel to run the center once it is operationalised and food to feed the patients once they are evacuated to the facility. 

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Barbra Nagasha, the Clinical Officer-in-charge of Bukinda health Centre III, says none of the health workers at the facility is trained to handle COVID-19 patients. She also says they have a crisis of protective gear at the facility yet COVID-19 is highly infectious.  

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Rukiga

 

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Nagasha says the implementation of the proposal will affect their clients who seek Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) services at the facility because there is no nearby public health facility that they can turn to.



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James Twijukye, the Muhanga Town council LC 3 Chairperson, Joseph Turyasingura, Highland ward LC 2 chairperson and Willy Ariheiihi, Ibasyo village LC1 chairman, say that however much they have no problem with the establishment of the evacuation center; district authorities should think of establishing an emergency health facility or equip some of the facilities in the area so that locals don’t suffer.

The officials are also worried about the safety of their voters since the health center isn’t fenced since some of them still have the belief that COVID-19 doesn’t exist.

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//Cue in: “kureeta hanu quarantine…  

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Muhindo says that they are in the process of liaising with the Health Ministry to get the necessary help before the plan is implemented.

According to the available records, the facility receives approximately 1000 patients on a monthly basis. Most patients come from Muhanga town council, Bukinda, Maziba and Kaharo sub-counties.

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