Henry Mayende, a resident of Sikuda village, says that a stray dog bit his 28-year-old sibling while returning from the nearby trading center leading to his death. He explains that his brother only opened up about the dog bit when his situation deteriorated.
Emma Eduki Egesa, the Buteba sub-county LC 3 chairperson, says that they noticed poor service delivery at the health facility because some of the health workers who were demanding their fieldwork allowances had laid down tools.
Caroline Natoch, the nurse in-charge NICU room, says that the two incubators have problems of missing parts. They don’t produce required temperature and lack insulation that helps to give oxygen from the outside nose to the premature.
Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia District health officer says that the hospital registers over 120 new diabetes cases and at least two deaths monthly. Wabwire says that this is more than double the number of cases they registered previously
Construction of the 300 Million Shillings maternity ward started in July 2020 and was supposed to end by July 2021. It was funded by the Ministry of Health under maternal health and child care services.
Busia District Health Officer, Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, says that they have decided to suspend the vaccination of teachers in Busia Municipality from September 6 to 19th due to Cholera vaccination exercise.
In April this year, Busia district authorities flagged off the construction works at both facilities after receiving Shillings 3.4 billion from the World Bank through the Health Ministry for the improvement of maternal and child health care services.
The 110 million shillings fully equipped ambulance is comprised of medical equipment like Oxygen supplying system, defibrillator for patients with heart problems, patient monitoring system, patients’ bed, first aid kits among others.
Birungi says that they severally tried to raise concerns to the offices of both Busia district police commander- DPC and the Resident District Commissioner- RDC to seek assistance but in vain. She appealed for government intervention.
Opitti Omina, a health worker in the Busia district, says that he has attended to more than 20 patients with skin ailments. He explains that it is a rare genetic skin disorder, which has become so common among children and adults.
Residents says they mix Aloe vera and fresh leaves of marijuana, avocado, mangoes with oranges, onions and ginger which they boil and give to any family member who has developed symptoms similar to those of coronavirus to drink.
More than 20 health workers in Busia district have tested positive for COVID-19 in Busia district. Six of the affected health workers are from Masafu General Hospital, twelve-12 from Buteba health center III and two from Busia health center IV among others.