While Archbishop Lwanga died in his bed last week, as a result of heart failure, according to medical reports, his colleague Bishop Kaggwa died after being diagnosed with COVID-19 in January. "It was sudden and untimely, by human standards and it has created despondence, doubt and depression within us," The Bishop of Masaka Diocese Rt Rev Serverus Jjumba said, before asking what is happening to the Church in Uganda.
The district health inspector David Ssekaboga says that although the national figures indicate an 89.2 percent latrine coverage for Wakiso, but those figures are only capturing households and neglecting the population which is the highest in the country.
The four-day medical camp is being supported by Help of Smile Train Ambassadors Uganda led by Dr. Sr. Justice Najjuka from Little Sisters of Nkokonjeru and the Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II. Dr. Nicholas Mugagga, the in Charge of St. Joseph’s Hospital Wakiso, says all the services offered at the annual medical camp are entirely free.
Bukenya has told URN that there is enough evidence to prove that government through the national medical stores delivers all the necessary requirements to its health facilities within the district and therefore demanding for money from patients before they are treated is an offence which is punishable by dismissal.
Bwanika explains that in the situation where government fails to provide the required medical supplies, the health workers have to choose between asking the patients to provide these for themselves and be treated or leaving them go untreated.
James Sewankambo, the town clerk Namayumba town council, who represented the Chief Administrative Officer, Godfrey Kuruhiira, said Wakiso district is striving to spread information about HIV/Aids to contain its spread.
Several residents in areas along Kiteezi – Kabaga road have raised concerns about the trucks which dump garbage along the roads and near their homes. The most affected villages include Nameere, Kizingiza, Lusanja, Kiteezi, Kabaga and Kabwoko.
Expired goods such as salt, sugar, baking flour, eggs, cooking oil, wheat flour, maize flour and beverages are among the over 1,200 tons of garbage disposed of the landfill each month but somehow find their way back into retail and wholesale shops and supermarkets for sale.
According to information from the Aquatic Research and Development Centre (ARDC) in Kajjansi, Wakiso district, in 2018/ 2019 the national fish hatchery at Kajjansi hatched only 200,000 tons of Catfish fingerlings out of the one million tons set annual target.
Elly Kasirye, the chairperson of Wakiso District Human Rights Committee, says it will ironical to allow crowds in health facilities for voting purposes at a time the country is battling an increase in the number of Covid19 infections.
While addressing water related organizations operating in Wakiso district on Tuesday, Kuruhira expressed dismay over the community’s construction of pit latrines on tiny pieces of land which finally get filled up and they fail to find others places to dig new ones. He insists that if pit latrines must be constructed in Wakiso, they should be those ones which are used to turn wastes into biogas and the residue to taken to gardens as fertilizers.
The LCV councilors say that since the ministry of health took over the district hospital which it turned into a referral two years ago, it has never come up to sign a memorandum of understanding detailing when it will construct or upgrade another facility to a district hospital as a replacement, leaving the district with over 3m people without a facility at the status of a hospital.
The in-charge St. Joseph’s Hospital Dr Julius Mugagga says that the free cleft lip and palate camp at the facility started in June with 22 people getting surgeries and 32 people being operated on last month.
Dr. Mathias Lugoloobi, the Wakiso District Health Officer thanked government for living up to its promise to provide masks to residents, despite the fact that it has taken some time to become a reality.