A severe drug
stock out has hit Kilembe Health Center II in Kasese District because of the high
volume of patients.
The facility has become an alternative for over 19,000 people
of Bulembia Division following the destruction of Kilembe Mines hospital by floods
that ravaged the district in May this year.
Ithungu, the in-charge of Kilembe Health Center II says they are overwhelmed by
the huge number of patients yet their budget has remained constant.
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In April and the health center registered 504 patients and
by close of June, the facility had registered over 712 patients.
Ithungu the transfer of Kilembe Mines hospital to Kasese town has exacerbated
the problem because many patients can’t afford the services of private health
Ithungu also told URN on Friday that they lack the capacity to
handle some of the cases they receive at the facility like deliveries.
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She says they also lack manpower to handle the high volume
of patients. There are only five health workers and two support staff who serve
between 30 to 70 patients each day.
Rev. Enos Kathembo, the Kilembe
Health Center II Management Committee Chairperson, says the huge number
of patients is mounting pressure on the limited resource and number of staff at
He says the health center is also struggling to transfer
emergency cases like expectant mothers to deliver to Kasese town due to absence
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Monica Asiimwe, a mother of two argues that due to the known drug stockouts,
some patients only visit the facility when it receives new supplies even when
they are not sick as keep the medicine for emergencies.
Kasese Municpal Mayor,
Godfrey Kabyanga, says there are plans involving both the local and central
governments to upgrade the facility.