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Construction of Out Patient Dept at Katabi HC III Completed

Following the completion of the OPD block, there is less congestion at both the OPD block and the maternal and Child Health block.
The waiting area in the new OPD block. Some patients say the floor was very dirty

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      The construction works for an Outpatients Department at Katabi Health Centre III in Entebbe municipality have been completed.   

   

Entebbe Municipal Council contracted Skylight General Services Ltd to construct the OPD at 200 Million Shillings.   

Construction of the OPD commenced in January this year and ended two weeks ago.     The project was initially expected to be completed in April. But it was pushed for two more months due to the delays in approving alterations in the contract such as painting of the exterior of the block and putting in place work tops at the reception.

The contractor handed over the site last week and the OPD is now in use.   

     

The OPD block has stores, laboratory, consultation and treatment rooms, two toilets and a waiting area near the reception.  

         

Before that, Katabi Health Centre III only had one block that housed the maternity ward, laboratory, treatment rooms and a waiting area. As a result, the centre struggled with overcrowding of patients especially every Wednesday, which is the day for immunization.  

   

The overcrowding was attributed to the closure of Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital. The hospital was closed so that it could focus on the management of COVID-19 cases. The hospital is still closed to the public. 

    

Following the completion of the OPD block, there is less congestion at both the OPD block and the maternal and Child Health block.  

     

In a recent interview, Stephen Kuwereka, the officer-in-charge of Katabi HC III said that the construction of the OPD  is part of the overall objective of upgrading the facility to  a health centre IV in the future.     

He added that the facility used to attend to an average of 400 outpatients a month. However, since last March, the numbers have increased to 1,300-1,500. This is despite the facility having only 11 health workers. 

    

The facility currently receives 50 to 80 outpatients and delivers 2 to 10 expecting mothers every day. This is up from the daily average of 30 outpatients and five expecting mothers.

          

Some of the outpatients our reporter found at the facility say there is more space at the centre.

Ssalongo Robert Yiga, Ronald Mugerere and Irene Namujju say the facility is no longer congested.

Namujju however says the hygienists need to do regular cleaning and disinfection because the facility’s floors were dirty by10.00am, when she arrived for a malaria test.

         

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