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Health Centre IV Theaters Dormant in Isingiro District

Isingiro District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Martin Yiga says that the district is struggling to attract personnel in this medical discipline to run theatres in Nyamuyanja and Rugaga Health centre IV.
In green Cap is Richard Chandler, of Buklamu Healthcare, Edson Tumusherure DHO and Martin Yiga the DCAO signing the MOU to boost the health service delivery in Isingiro Distric

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Operating theatres at two health Center IVs in Isingiro District are non-functional because of the absence of Anesthesiologists to administer medicines during operations. Doctors with this speciality are tasked with administering medication so they do not feel pain when they are undergoing surgery.

Isingiro District Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Martin Yiga says that the district is struggling to attract personnel in this medical discipline to run theatres in Nyamuyanja and Rugaga Health centre IV.

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Now to solve the challenge, the Isingiro District Health Department has partnered with the Rotary Club of Naguru and Bulamu HealthCare International, a Non-Governmental Organization, to support health service delivery in four health centres in the district. The Four Health centers are Rugaga and Kabuyanda Health Center IV, Kikokwa and Endizi Health Center III.

Richard Chandler, the Bulamu Healthcare International Chief Executive officer, Martin Yiga-the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Patrick Ahimibisbwe-the President of the Rotary Club of Naguru and Dr Edson Tumusherure, the District Health Officer jointly signed a USD 91,500 Memorandum of Understanding to support health centres with Clinical Support Teams that comprise of anesthesiologists, nurses, Lab attendants, Clinical officers, among others.

Dr Edson Tumusherure, says with this program is providing the missing Anesthesiologists at the other health centres and clinical officers among others.

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Mackay William Masereka, the Programs Director of Bulamu Healthcare says the program is also giving out Vital Signs equipment to all the 54 Health centres in the district.  The equipment includes A pulse oximeters, Blood Pressure Monitors, height measuring machines and scale machines among others.

He says the project followed a needs assessment that found out that most health centres were receiving more patients that needed more workers.

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Richard Chandler, the executive officer of Bulamu healthcare international says they are also going to supplement selected health centres with selected critical drugs and supplies needed to reduce stock-outs with a list that will be developed by the District Health Officer. Some of the critical drugs include Amoxycillin, Cipro, Metronidazole, and surgical gloves.

Lubega Kazooba, Chairperson of Kikokwa Health Center III management Committee, welcomed the program saying that the additional health workers and equipment is going to boost the services offered at the health centre.

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