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
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.