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Bukomansimbi Health Centre Reopens After Recruiting Doctor

Butenga Health Centre IV, located in Butenga Sub County is the largest health unit in Bukomansimbi district. Serving a population of more than 60,000, the health centre has not been operating for more than a month over lack of a medical doctor, beds, water, and poor state of the buildings among others.
Butenga residents cleaning the health centre after reopening

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Butenga Health Centre IV in Bukomansimbi district has recruited a medical doctor and reopened, more than a month after it was abandoned over poor service delivery.

 

Butenga Health Centre IV, located in Butenga Sub County is the largest health unit in Bukomansimbi. Serving a population of more than 60,000, Butenga health centre has not been operating over lack of a medical doctor, beds, water, and poor state of the buildings among other basic necessities.

 

Last month, patients staged a protest to demand the reopening of the health centre saying its closure had affected service delivery. Bukomansimbi has now recruited Dr. Alfred Kato Tumusiime as the officer in charge of the health centre leading to its re-opening.

 

Dr. Tumusiime says the health centre has now resumed operations although it is still lacking several basic health centre needs. He says the health centre lacks a mortuary, enough wards and the buildings are in a poor state.

 

Dr. Tumusiime also says the maternity ward lacked mattresses on the beds but Woman MP Susan Namaganda donated some thirty mattresses.

 

Dr. Tumusiime says lack of mortuary is one of the biggest challenges.

 

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Uganda Radio Network reporter found dozens of patients waiting for medical services after reopening of Butenga health centre. Residents of Bukomansimbi district also engaged in cleaning of the health facility whose sanitation status was wanting.

 

 

The residents also painted some of the dilapidated buildings and slashed the bush around the facility.

 

MP Susan Namaganda is one of the residents that helped clean up the health facility. She says she was forced to buy thirty mattresses after the only available ones were stolen from the health facility due to negligence.

 

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Lytton Nabilah, a resident of Bukomansimbi says she is concerned about the poor health services at Butenga Health centre. She says although the facility has resumed operation, it is still lacking water.

 

Deo Pokino Kasozi, the Butenga LC 1 Chairman has asked the health centre to boost security at the facility to stem insecurity. He says thugs raided the health centre last year and stole all beds and mattresses. He has also pleaded with Government to provide clean water to the health facility.

 

Mukasa Mbidde, one of Uganda’s representatives at the East African Legislative Assembly, says Uganda is still lagging behind in terms of service delivery because of corruption. He claims health centres in all other countries are doing well because the health workers are facilitated well unlike in Uganda.

 

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