Patients at Hima HCIII in Kasese District have raised concern about
the absenteeism of health workers. The facility has 18 health workers who attend to more than
100 patients every day.
Some HIV/Aids patients say they have been forced to abandon their
treatment after failing to get their drug refills on time.
At the time URN reporter visited the facility on Thursday at
around 10:00 am about 20 patients were sitting in the waiting area for the health workers.
Sarah Nebanja says that health workers report at the facility
around 11:00 a.m. and do not return after lunch. She says many patients have left the facility without
receiving any treatment.
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Musa Muhindo one of the patients says that he spent more than
three hours at the facility not being attended to.
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Dalyna Kabagenyi working with Kasese Women Health Initiative (KWHI), which helps
patients access services in health centers, says that they have recorded cases of
absenteeism of health workers whenever they link patients to the
She says the delay to access treatment discourages other patients
from observing routine medical visits.
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Lydia Musoki a clinical officer at Hima Health Center III says
that they are understaffed to attend to all patients.
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Musoke also says that the facility is struggling with lack of
accommodation which poses a challenge to their performance. She says that the
health workers trek longer distances to their duty stations, which affects
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Yusuf Baseke the Kasese District Health Officer says the district plans to recruit more
staff in the health department to deal with staff shortage.