Kashambya Health Center III in Kashambya Sub County in Rukiga district has not had surgical gloves for the last four months. Surgical gloves are very important as they protect both the medical worker and patient from infection.
Medical workers find a huge challenge to attend to patients especially accident victims and expectant mothers due to the absence of the surgical gloves. Currently, medical workers ask patients to provide their own gloves before they can attend to them.
Jane Natumanya, a mother from Rutengye parish, says she recently went to Kashambya Health Center III for delivery and was asked by the Health workers to buy gloves before they could attend to her.
She explains that her husband had to hire a boda boda to rush to Muhanga, about 20 kilometers a way to buy gloves because they couldn't find in the nearby drug shop. Lauterio Twinokwesiga, in-Charge of Kashambya Health Center III, says the facility hasn't had surgical gloves for the last four months.
Twinokwesiga says the recent medical supplies they received from the district excluded gloves. Twinokwesiga says they are currently referring patients especially expectant mothers and accident victims, to Kisiizi hospital in Rukungiri District.
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Dr. Davis Ahabwe, the acting Rukiga District Health Officer, says his office is aware of the problem and is working hard to ensure that surgical gloves are supplied to the facility.