Masindi Has Worst Health Services Providers-FOWODE


ailment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The alarming situations in three health units of Kigezi and Kijenga health centres II and Pakanyi health centre III, this all in Miirya Sub County can testify.

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Nasuru Ibrahim, one of the Parish Chiefs in Miirya sub county, revealed that during his supervision as mandated by local government Act, he discovered that there are bedbugs and bats at Kijenga health units, an environment which is neither favourable to health workers nor patients.

“I would like to request FOWODE to organise more meetings to help us know more problems that are affecting people right from the grassroot. President Museveni had introduced ‘Barazas’ as a platform for civil servants to account to the community and get to know their problems but they died out,” he lamented.

He disclosed that at Pakanyi health centre, there is habitual absenteeism and late coming by health workers and in most cases, patients seeking for health services are referred to buy essential drugs from clinics.

The chairperson Pakanyi Health Centre Management Committee, Robinah Mpaaja, concurred with the chief’s submission but said of recent, there had been drug stock out at the health centre adding, that there is no water source, outreaches are not done due to lack of facilitation, and the unit is always closed over the weekends.

“The in charge of our health centre does not stay at the station. He comes like once or twice in a week and I think that is why the rest of the health workers misbehave. I do not know a lot about a woman who delivered along the road side after having been chased away by the nurses but I heard the rumours and the problem has been our midwife was weak and she delivered from Kampala and now she is on maternity leave,” Mpaaja narrated.

Florence Bahemuka, one of the Village budget Club (VBC) members, said at night, there are no health workers at Kijenga despite the fact there are staff houses.

Simon Sunday, another Village Health Team (VHT) member unveiled that the in charge of Kigezi health centre goes there to sleep and moves to unknown place every morning and the rest of health workers report for duty at midday and leave at 2:00pm.

The District Health Inspector, Patrick Baguma, promised to handle all the issues that were raised during the meeting and warned health workers who ignore patients.

He advised residents to note the names of harsh health workers and inform him so that he can make a disciplinary action.

“We are trying to sort out the issue of immunization because children have to be immunised. Our office is supposed to supervise all health units but right now we do not have a vehicle to facilitate us,” Baguma said.

Fred Kisembo, the Chief Administrative Officer in charge of Buruli County, assured participants that the issue of Bats at Kijenga will be handled very soon and installation of solar panels at both Kijenga and Kigezi will be addressed this financial year.

“When we were at Pakanyi health centre during an engagement meeting it emerged that, the in charge Dan Byaruhanga takes all the money meant for immunisation outreaches leaving other health workers without facilitation. I will contact Public Accounts Committee to carry out drug and financial audits,” Kisembo stated.


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