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Kilembe Hospital Yet to Recover from 2013 Floods

Kilembe was hit by floods in 2013, 2014 and 2015 leading to the destruction of 86 units of the staff quarters, two patients wards, the attendants shelter, the hospital chapel and mortuary drive.
Kilembe Mines Hospital, Kasese district, is yet to recover from the floods that damaged the facility.

Kilembe was hit by floods in 2013, 2014 and 2015 leading to the destruction of 86 units of the staff quarters, two patients' wards, the attendants' shelter, the hospital chapel and mortuary drive. 

Whereas the chapel and the mortuary drive were renovated, the attendants' shelter and staff quarters remain in a bad state.

This has since compelled the hospital staff to seek for accommodation from Kasese town which is a distance away from the hospital.

Onesimus Kibaya, the hospital administrator, says the hospital is grappling with fuel costs resulting from transportation of the hospital's staff from their homes to the health facility.

According to Kibaya, the hospital spends 7 million shillings on fuel and vehicle repairs per month which could have been used to purchase drugs and carry out maintenance work of the facility. 

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Out of 196 employees at the hospital, only 78 are being housed at the staff quarters that were not affected by the floods. 

Due to the inadequate staff quarters, some staff are forced to share rooms.  Kibaya says that they are soliciting for financial support to construct new staff quarters. 

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Kasese Nail and Wood Company, in a humanitarian drive, have already surveyed an acre of land where the housing units are expected to be erected.

Kilembe Mines Hospital is the district's major and general hospital. It also offers specialist services especially in orthopaedics in the entire western region.  

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