Workers at Butiaba Health Center III in Butiaba town Council in Buliisa
district have decried lack of accommodation. The health center has a workforce
of 23 people and only a single house comprising three rooms for staff accommodation.
five workers share a single room. As a result, some of the health workers have
opted to rent in the neighbourhood yet they are supposed to sleep at the health
facility. This affects their response time to emergency cases at the facility.
Moses Kaahwa, the in-charge of Butiaba Health Center III describes the situation at the
facility as appalling. He says that accommodating five staff in one room
compromises their privacy.
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A nurse at the facility told URN on condition of anonymity
that they are going through untold suffering due to lack of accommodation. “There
is no privacy at all at this place since we are crowded in one room. This
situation is completely out of hand but we are here to save lives. We call upon
the government to immediately intervene,” she said.
Another male staff said that since water triggered by
flooding from Lake Albert submerged their former staff quarters they have been
undergoing untold suffering. Moses Kaahwa, the Health Center in charge
also says that the current facility where they are operating from is also at
the verge of being submerged by floods.
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Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health Officer-DHO confirms that the
health workers are going through untold suffering, adding that his office has
already forwarded the matter to the Health Ministry for consideration. He says
ever since water submerged the old health facility life has become very
difficult for the health workers.
this year, health officials closed Butiaba Health Center III after failing to
secure a better place to treat patients from. Floods triggered by the rising water level in Lake Albert
submerged the health facility in October last year forcing the authorities to
move health services to Butiaba Primary school since pupils were still home due
to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The floods submerged staff quarters, maternity, male and
female wards, store and the Outpatient Department - OPD among other facilities.
Also submerged were roads leading to the health facility making it difficult
for patients to access.
The health center receives 200 patients on average
each day including some who come from the Democratic Republic of