At time URN visited the Health Centre, only 1 health worker who is a mid-wife out of the 14 health workers recruited, he told our reporter that he has been overwhelmed with too many patients who are visiting the health center and that the rest of the health workers trek long distances to get to the facility which explains why they haven’t made it to the health center because of lack of transport means..
Health workers at Budwale Health Centre III in Mbale
district have deserted the facility over failure to travel to work.
Since the ban on both public and private transport in a bid to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID -19), the
health facility has not been having health workers. According to patients who
URN found at the facility, the health workers have not worked for some time now.
When URN visited the
Health Centre, only 1 health worker who is a mid-wife out of the 14 health
workers recruited was at the Health centre. He told our reporter that he has been overwhelmed with
too many patients who are visiting the health centre and that the rest of the
health workers trek long distances to get to the facility which explains why
they haven’t made it to the health centre because of lack of transport means.
The patients say the health worker keeps on sending them back home telling
them to come back the next day.
Lumasaba//Cue in; “Namakuyilayo omwana….
Cue out…Nalwillele, busa.”//
Doreen Mubajje, who had come to immunize her baby said she was told to go back home
till Tuesday next week.
Lumasaba//Cue in; “Nezeele ndumulwale….
Cue out…ku dwalilo ta.”//
Bakali Wazizi, a bodaboda
rider said he lost his twins on Friday because of the absence of health workers at the facility. He says when his wife
started experiencing labour pains, he went to the health centre when there was
no one to help and he could not ride his motorcycle with the wife to
Mbale hospital because police had stopped him before asking for a
//Cue in; “Nagezaako okubila….
David Gidudu, the Chairperson
of the Health Centre Management Committee revealed to our reporter that health
workers have not been on duty for the past 2 weeks and that when he tried to contact
them they told him that they had no means of transport to reach them to the
Luganda//Cue in; “Kati tufunye mu obuzibu….
Cue out…tetunaba kwesortinga.”//
Abdul Adir Kirya, a resident of Budwale says that patients keep coming to the facility to access health services but they are always stranded when they don't find health workers.
//Cue in; “The problems we….
Cue out…facing here.”//
Jonathan Wangisi, the Mbale
District Health Officer said he wasn’t aware health workers were not at the
health facility but promised to handle the issue urgently.
He, however, put the problem
to police officers who implementing the presidential directives who are stopping
the health workers from using vehicles to get to the health centres.