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Water Shortage Forces Buteba Health Center III to Halt Deliveries

The Health in Charge, Dr. Carol Mukhwana, says the absence of water at the facility has become a huge challenge to health service delivery. She says medical workers have been asking expectant mothers coming for deliveries to come with water for use at the health center, which is inconveniencing.
13 Aug 2019 07:29

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The management of Buteba Health Center III in Buteba sub-county in Busia district has halted deliveries other medical services citing lack of water at the facility. The Health in Charge, Dr. Carol Mukhwana, says the absence of water at the facility has become a huge challenge to health service delivery.     

She says medical workers have been asking expectant mothers coming for deliveries to come with water for use at the health center, which is inconveniencing. According to Dr. Mukwhana, the Health center receives only Shillings 6000 each quarter for water.

 

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Buteba health Center III receives between 50-60 expectant mothers each month. Beatrice Namusya and Jessica Awino, who were waiting for delivery at the facility, told our reporter that they are forced to carry jerricans of water from their homes, which are over 5 Kilometers. 

They appealed government to intervene and save the situation.     

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Sicola Auma, another mother told URN that she had spent two days at the health center without bathing due to lack of water. Miriam Emojel, the Buteba parish councilor says they have severally addressed the issue of water shortage at the facility without response. 

According to Emojel, they resolved to hire strong machines from a Chinese Company to break the underground rock and drill a borehole at the facility but it’s yet to be implemented. Anthony Egesa, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, says the area has a challenge because it is rocky. 

He however, says world vision donated a water harvesting tank of 2000 liters to the facility, which hasn’t been installed.  

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