Residents of Butiaba sub county in Buliisa district are protesting
the closure of Butiaba Health Center III that has hampered health services in
Health officials in the district closed Butiaba Health Center III
last week after failing to secure a better place where patients can be treated.
The Health facility was in October last year submerged by floods
rising from Lake Albert.As a result, health services at the health facility were then relocated
to Butiaba Primary school as pupils were still home due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The floods submerged staff quarters, maternity, male and female
wards, store and the Outpatient Department - OPD among other facilities around the health center. Also submerged were roads leading to the health facility making it
difficult for patients to access.
The health centre receives 200 patients a day on average including
some who come from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
However, following the resumption of classes by semi candidates,
medical workers at the health centre found it hard to continue operating at the
school yet its former premises are still submerged. They were compelled to
close the facility because they lacked space to accommodate staff and
Now residents in the area are demanding immediate government
intervention to have the facility reopened.
Jackson Rwanswiri, a resident of Butiaba town Council wonders why
government has kept silent ever since the closure of the health facility
yet people are greatly affected as far as accessing medical services are
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Jane Ajuna, another resident explains that expectant mothers are
finding difficulties in accessing antenatal services now that the facility is
closed. She adds that most expectant mothers may face problems in the process
of giving birth since there is no one to attend to them.
John Babyenda, a resident of Piida also in Butiaba sub county says
patients are now forced to travel more than km 20 to 50 to receive treatment at
Biiso and Buliisa health facilities respectively and yet many people cannot
afford to travel all those distances.
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Dr. Nelson Naisye, the District Health Officer-DHO Buliisa says currently
they have no option unless the district comes up with an alternative of getting
them space where they can admit and treat patients effectively.
Simon Agaba Kinene, the
Buliisa LC5 Chairperson says the district will soon allocate space where the
health facility will be relocated to begin operations. Longino Bahebwa, the Resident District Commissioner - RDC Buliisa says by next week,the district will have got a solution to the problem.