Diarrhoea Breaks Out As Mulago Water Crisis Worsens


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here geneva;”>Medical experts have told Chimpreports that over 70 percent of the children under Mwanamujimu Unit are suffering from diarrhoea due to the current poor sanitation in the hospital.

According to Julian Ayeyo, a nurse in charge of Mwanamujimu Ward, for the last 13 days, water has been a nightmare.

However, Kampala Capital City Authority has provided them with some little water that could help them survive.

“Because of this situation, things have worsened, government needs to come up with an immediate solution,” Ayeyo appealed.

Mulago Referral hospital through their Public Relations Officer, Enock Kusasiira, confirmed that the some parts do not have water but said negotiations are still going on with the concerned parties to ensure that they resolve this matter.

Kusasiira further noted that National Water and Sewage Corporation has been so reluctant to resolve the Butukirwa (a nearby village) connection issues (shares Mulago’s water meter) throwing the hospital into a huge sum of arrears.

The ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development releases over Shs 1.7bn annually to cater for the utilities of Mulago hospital.

“It’s not that the hospital has failed to pay the arrears but we need to come on around table to see how to solve this problem,” Kusasiira said

Kusasiira revealed that Mulago Referral hospital does not use water alone but there are other departments which need to have their own water meters like Uganda Cancer Institute, Makerere University School of Medical Sciences, the Aids Support organisation and others.

Students from Medical School Makerere University cannot access the toilets as most of them were found locked due to water shortage.

This alarming situation in Mwanamujimu Unit has forced health activists from different civil society organisations to petition the Parliament of Uganda for an immediate intervention.

The civil society organisations are spearheaded by Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organisation.


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