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General Ward, Dental Clinic at Kakuuto HC IV In Appalling State

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Gertrude Nansubuga, the In-charge General Ward, says that the state of the ward worsened after the September 10, 2016 earthquake that left several cracks in the walls and ceiling.
The rotten ceiling in the male ward

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The General ward and Dental clinic at Kakuuto Health Center IV in Kyotera district are in an appalling state. The general ward houses the male and female sections.  

The ward has not had any facelift since it was built during the colonial regime. The ceiling in both sections of the ward is rotten and could collapse anytime. 

Gertrude Nansubuga, the In-charge General Ward, says that the state of the ward worsened after the September 10, 2016 earthquake that left several cracks in the walls and ceiling. 

//Cue in: “Kubanga naffe okufuna………………..    

Cue out: ……………..nga ekizimbe kiri bwekiti,”//   

According to Nansubuga, temporary renovation of the ceiling can give them some relief in the meantime as they wait for the complete overhaul of the entire block if there are plans to do so. 

She explains that they have complained several times to the district authorities about the condition of the ward but nothing has been done to renovate it. 

   

//Cue in: “Baagamba tukibalekere……………  

 

Cue out: ……………………nga eno eyaffe,”//    

Regina Namata, one of the caretakers in the female ward, says she spends most of the time out of the ward fearing that the ceiling may fall down anytime. She adds that even the patient is living in fear over what may happen.    

The dental clinic is also facing a similar dilemma due to the lack of new and modern tools to work on patients. Noah Mawaggali, the in-charge of the clinic says that they use the same tools on different patients after sterilizing them.   

He noted that the absence of enough equipment delays services for both patients and dentists. Mawaggali also says that they operate in a very tiny space, which makes his work difficult yet he receives around 30 patients every week.     

//Cue in: “Ebyetagisa twetaaga ebyuuma……………   

Cue out: ………………………..abalwadde nga 30,”//    

He says that they need a full dental chair that can enable filling and preservation of teeth.     

//Cue in: “Batuwe entebbe ejjudde……………   

Cue out: ………………kyetuba tuffa enyo.”//   

According to Geoffrey Lutaaya, the Kakuuto County Member of Parliament, the health center receives patients from Tanzania, Rakai and other lower health units.   

//Cue in: “Batuwe entebbe ejjudde……………      

Cue out: ………………kyetuba tuffa enyo,”//  

 

Fortunate Rose Nantongo, the Kyotera Woman MP, says that they are following the matter and working with concerned district authorities to ensure the general ward is either renovated or rebuilt.   

Dr. Denis Erima, the In-charge Kakuuto HCIV, says the general ward has been in a poor state for a long time even before he got his appointment to head the health centre.  

He says that district is going to build a new ward this year and appealed to patients and health workers to remain calm as the process is being handled. 

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