Esther Nakiryowa, another patient from Kilembe Hospital, says she had to buy some of her drugs from a private facility since they were not available at the health center III. She says she has no extra money to acquire medicines privately.
Kasese Municipal health Center III is
struggling to provide health care services to patients evacuated from Kilembe Mines
hospital due to lack of drugs and facilities for complex cases.
87 patients were evacuated from Kilembe Mines
hospital on Thursday as a result of flooding when River Nyamwamba burst its
The patients were taken to Municipal health center,
St. Paul, Rukoki health center and Kagando hospital. James Muliwabyo, the
Kasese Municipal health Centre III in Charge,
says they lack adequate technical resources and drugs to handle cases in need
He also says the number of patients have stretched the available human
resource at the facility.
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Muliwabyo wants government to increase medical supplies to
the facility and make temporary arrangements to deploy some staff from Kilembe
hospital to the facility.
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David Alijuna, a patient from Kyenjojo District says the
floods found him mobilizing transport to return home. Alijuna, who suffered a
broken bone, was expected to return to Kilembe hospital next month.
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Esther Nakiryowa, another patient from Kilembe Hospital, says
she had to buy some of her drugs from a private facility since they were not available
at the health center III. She says she has no extra money to acquire
Dr. Yusuf Baseka, the Kasese District Health Officer, said
there are ongoing arrangements to support facilities that received patients
from Kilembe hospital.
In a related development, government is Kilembe
hospital and the flood victims are yet to receive relief support as earlier
communicated by the Disaster Preparedness Minister, Musa Ecweru.
assessing the damage on Thursday afternoon, Ecwera told media that government
would deliver relief food by close of Friday.
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However, the Hospital Administrator, Onesmus
told URN reporter on Friday afternoon that they were yet to receive any relief
and technical teams from government.
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Kasese Resident District Commissioner, Lt. Joe Walusumbi,
said that he has received communication from Kampala indicating that relief
will reach the district on Saturday.