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Health Center IIs Rotting Away in Bukedea

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At Koboli HC11, wildlife like bees, bats and animals have taken shelter in the Outpatients Department- OPD. The facility with four housing units for the staff, fully connected solar energy has been lying idle since 2017.
Abandoned Koboli HC2

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Three Health Center IIs are wasting away in Bukedea District. They include Koboli in Kidongole Sub County, Aminit in the newly created Aminit Sub County and Nalugai in Aligoi Sub County.    

It follows the new government policy to phase out HC 11, which were initially recommended at the Parish level. Government is currently upgrading HCIIs to HC IIIs at the sub-county level. In Bukedea, some HCIIs have completely been abandoned, making them waste away.

At Koboli HC11, wildlife like bees, bats and animals have taken shelter in the Outpatients Department- OPD. The facility with four housing units for the staff, fully connected solar energy has been lying idle since 2017.

It was constructed in the 2009/2010 financial year in Okauria Village in Kidongole Sub County. This has given the neighbouring community chance to vandalize windows and doors. Children in the neighbourhood have also turned the bushy compound into a football pitch.

At the staff quarters, three housing units are occupied by staff reportedly attached to Kidongole HC III. Our reporter found John Robert Nyirira, a nursing assistant who was deployed to the unit in 2014. He says the facility used to serve up to 60 people in the OPD in a day.

Nyirira says they used to share the medicine with Kidongole HC111 until 2017 when the facility was closed and staff redeployed. He revealed that the sub-county has continued to house staff in Koboli because of lack of accommodation.

Nyirira notes that the community is now annoyed with the presence of the facility in the area that isn’t serving them.

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Before its closure, Koboli HC II used to attract residents from the neighbouring Villages of Butebo District and some villages in Mukongor Sub County in Kumi District. It also served a bigger population of Kanyamutamu Parish.

Jenifer Asio, a resident of Ajamaka village, says the presence of the facility in the area without services annoys them. She explains that residents in the area walk longer distances to access health services in Kidongole HC111, which she observes is overwhelmed with patients.  

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The situation is almost the same at Aminit and Nalugai HC IIs since they are not in use. The district recently turned Kangole HC II into police staff quarters and Kocheka HC II into office space for the newly created Kocheka sub-county.

Stephen Ikodet, the Acting Bukedea District Health Officer, says their hands are tied to rescue the situation. He explains that the Ministry of Health gives limited slots for upgrading of HC IIs annually; something he notes might take long to save the ailing facilities.