The mothers who spoke to Uganda Radio Network explained that after the closure of the only health center that was situated within their vicinity, they were left with no option but to seek services of the TBAs.
The health centre was submerged last year following the rising water levels of Lake Albert. The floods also submerged staff quarters, maternity, male and female wards, store, Outpatient Department-OPD and roads leading to facilities.
The Health facility was in October last year submerged by floods from the rising Lake Albert water levels. It was then relocated to Butiaba Primary school as pupils were home due to COVID-19 Pandemic. Now with the return of the P6 pupils, the Health Centre III has to move again.
In 2016, all the theatre equipment including an operating table, oxygen Cylinder, aesthetic machine, surgical Microscopes, Medical Gas and sterilizer among others in the theatre were shifted to Buliisa General Hospital.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO told Uganda Radio Network that are only 3500 HIV people are active while the rest can’t be traced. He says efforts by the health officials to trace for the patients who have abandoned treatment have proved futile.
At the time of the move, the health workers, who include members of Village Health teams-VHTs and Health workers attached to various health facilities in the district, were reportedly demanding more than 12 million Shillings in allowances.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer told Uganda Radio Network that they have decided to monitor the patients in their home due to lack of funds to establish a Yellow Fever isolation center at Bullisa Hospital.
Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO, says the hospital lacks essential medicines such as anti-malaria drugs, antibiotics, vaccines and medical supplies such as syringes, gloves, catheters and gauze among others.
Julius Manyireki, the district councillor for persons with disabilities explains that most people with hearing impairments endure difficulty explaining their issues to nurses who cannot follow the discussion through sign language. He now demands that the government employs translators to support PWDs whenever they seek for medication.
Bullisa district established Ebola screening centers last year to avert a possible infiltration by suspected Ebola victims from the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC where more than 2000 succumbed to the epidemic.
Buliisa, which shares porous borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC did not have any Ebola treatment unit despite the influx of refugees from parts of Congo that have battled Ebola for more than one year.
The four; Agnes Fambe, Paulina Issa, Clement Atugonza and Fortunate Mwambe, all residents of Kilyango in Buliisa district, were part of a family of nine that allegedly eat food which was laced with poison a week ago. Five of the relatives died from Buliisa Hospital where they had been rushed after developing complications.