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Floods Devastate Buikwe Health Centre III

The facility has been operating under a building donated by the area MP two years ago. It offers inpatient and outpatient services, antenatal and postnatal services, family planning, laboratory services, young child clinic and immunization, outreaches, counselling and HIV screening.
Some of the record books officials managed to save from being completely damaged by water.

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Persons seeking health services in Buikwe district are stuck after the destruction of Buikwe Health Centre III which was devastated by floods a week ago.  Running water found its way into the facility after the blockage of culverts on the road adjacent to the health centre. 

According to its records, the facility has been admitting more than 200 outpatients and about 100 women visit the centre every Monday for antenatal services. The patients are mainly from the areas of Najjembe, Makindu, Bukunja, Buikwe T/C and Lugazi.

The facility has been operating under a building donated by the area MP two years ago. It offers inpatient and outpatient services, antenatal and postnatal services, family planning, laboratory services, young child clinic and immunization, outreaches, counselling and HIV screening. 

The flooding left it in ruins. Medicines valued at millions of Shillings were destroyed during the incident. Also destroyed were medical equipment and documents, some of which were washed away. Annet Nanziri, a midwife URN found at the facility says that laboratories and dispensing rooms were THE most affected units.  

//Cue in; Kati nga mu… 

Cue out …naddala ku OPD”//    

Nanziri notes that they have cleared one room to handle antenatal and ART cases.

//Cue in; “Awo wabadde wakyaliwo…  

Cue in…na aba art”//     

The district Health Officer Richard Bbosa, says the health centre might remain nonfunctional for a longer period of time given the magnitude of the destruction. 

//Cue in; “What we are… 

Cue in…the facility soon.”//   

Bbosa adds that they have secured a room at the town council to store the medicines as a temporary measure. He advises residents to seek services from nearby health facilities in the meantime.    

//Cue in; “But we are… 

Cue out …a private facility.”//    

Claire Nakanwagi, a resident at Buikwe TC says people have since the incident visited the facility without help. She adds that the only remaining healthy facility is private and unaffordable for many of them.