Kasese Health center III is overwhelmed by patients following the closure of Kilembe hospital as a result of floods that have devastated the district. On Wednesday, River Nyamwamba burst its banks and flooded Kasese Municipality and its neighborhood. Kilembe Hospital, which is found a few meters from river Nyamwamba, was closed after all the wards were filled with mud and water. The water destroyed most of the infrastructure including the wards, nurse’s residences and equipment.
As a result, the hospital management resolved to transfer most of the patients who were in admission to various health units. Kasese Health Centre III received 23 patients from Kilembe. When Uganda Radio Network visited the health centre in Kasese Municipality, both the female and male wards were congested, with some of the patients sleeping on the floors while others were sharing beds. The labor ward was also congested as several women waited to give birth.
Joy Bbira, the senior nursing officer told Uganda Radio network that the all the patients who were brought to the health centre were in critical condition. Bbira says that since the health centre is supposed to accommodate 15 patients, they are facing difficulties to accommodate those from Kilembe. The health centre now has a total of 53 patients. According to Bbira, she has requested the district health department to transfer some of the patients to Fort Portal Referral hospital.
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Francis Baluku, who is attending to his wife, says that he wants to transfer her to another health unit because she is receiving inadequate treatment because of the few health workers.
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The patients are also facing difficulties to access water, since the health centre lacks water. Lucy Kabugho, a midwife says that the health centre has been lacking water for three weeks. She says patients have been asked to bring their own water to the health centre.
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The Municipal Health Inspector, Julius Muhwezi says that they plan to provide additional mattresses and increase the number of medical workers. On Friday afternoon, Musa Ecweru, the state minister for disaster preparedness with a team of Uganda Red Cross officials, handed over relief items to district officials who will distribute it to the affected families.
The items include tarpaulins, sauce pans, blankets, mosquito nets, and plates, cups, washing soap and water purification tablets. According to Richard Nsubuga, the Uganda Red Cross western region manager, says the items are meant for 400 families who were mostly affected.