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Bududa Health Workers Stay in Unhealthy Houses

The staff quarters that were constructed in 1966 together with the hospital have 9 blocks with each having 8 rooms which are being shared by more than one health worker and are in very bad state.
One of the residential blocks. Photo by Andrew Nakhaboya

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Staff houses of Bududa district hospital have gone without renovation for fifty years and are in an appalling state.

The staff quarters that were constructed in 1966 together with the hospital have 9 blocks with each having 8 rooms which are being shared by more than one health worker and are in very bad state.

The houses, which have taken more than 50 years without renovation, are now in dilapidated state with all buildings broken and accessible to everybody.

A female health worker who preferred anonymity told our reporter that they are leaving in a painful situation, enduring the leaking houses yet they are health workers who are supposed to be exemplary to the public.

Clement Kutosi Makhso the area councilor Bududa Sub County who is married with a Bududa hospital nurse said the houses are really in bad state. Makhoso who has stayed in the quarters for about 20 years said theft is also another issue since most of the window glasses have broken down giving the thieves an avenue to enter easily. 

He now appealed to the the authorities to come to their rescue.

//Cue in: “khukhwama lidwaliro nga balyombekha… Cue out… Hospital quarters taa”// 

Yonasan Bululu the Bududa district Vice Chairman said they not only have a challenge of health workers' houses but also the teachers houses in most schools in public schools. He said as a district they do not have enough revenue to renovate them but they are looking for funds to see that they renovate and fence the quarters to secure the safety of nurses.

Dr. Sylvia Ntegeka the Bududa hospital medical superintendent admitted the challenge they are facing at the hospital saying they are working hard and around the clock to see that they address the challenges amid the low resource envelope.

She added that they are facing a challenge of less staff houses something that has always hindered them from accommodating all the staff. This has led to some of the health workers ending up renting in nearby places of Bududa town council because of even the limited available ones are in very bad condition.

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