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Kyotera District Stuck with Schools, Hospitals Hit by 2016 Earthquake :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kyotera District Stuck with Schools, Hospitals Hit by 2016 Earthquake

The affected facilities include; Kakuuto Health IV, Minziiro Health Centre II, Nazareth Primary School Kannabulemu and Gwanda Primary Schools in Kyebe Sub County, and Kibumba primary school in Kasensero town council among others.
.Patients at the OPD Ward of Kakuuto Health Centre IV, the facility is was hit by earthquake that left its walls cracked

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Kyotera district local government is struggling to carry out repairs on public infrastructure destroyed by an earthquake that struck the area eight years ago.

The affected facilities include; Kakuuto Health IV, Minziiro Health Centre II, Nazareth Primary School Kannabulemu and Gwanda Primary Schools in Kyebe Sub County, and Kibumba primary school in Kasensero town council among others.

To date, the district is still stuck with the damaged infrastructure due to the lack of funds to carry out the necessary repairs on them. 

Patrick Kintu Kisekulo, the Kyotera LCV Chairperson confirms that despite the dire need in which the affected schools and health facilities are currently in, they are financially constrained to carry out the repairs.

The walls at the outpatients' department, the male and female wards, and the treatment room at Kakuuto Health Centre IV have visible cracks that have since been widening and weakening the structures.

Kisekulo argues that shortly after the incident President Yoweri Museveni pledged that government would directly support to repair of the affected infrastructure, including the reconstruction of the broken-down houses, but the promise has since never been fulfilled.

He indicates that after waiting for the promised support in vain, the district resorted to committing some resources from their limited budget, but this can also do very little compared to the need.

Kisekulo expressed disappointment that the President’s support pledged to the people of the neighboring Republic of Tanzania, who were affected by the same catastrophe was delivered, but the natives have waited in vain.

In the meantime, Kisekulo has tasked the Kyotera Resident District Commissioner to join the political leadership to vigorously follow up on the promise, saying that the district cannot attend to the situation using its limited budget. 

//Cue in: “eddwaliro lye Kakuuto….   

  Cue out; …..tusaba tuyambibwe.”//   

Regina Nakimbugwe, a midwife at Kakuuto Health Centre IV says they are worried that the buildings may collapse anytime because they are visibly worn out.

According to Nakimbugwe, the staff prefers attending to patients from the verandahs, fearing the risks of using the cracked buildings.

“We prefer attending to patients in the open spaces, but the challenge comes in with those that are meant for admission because the available options then become limited,” she said.  

Apollo Mugume, the Kyotera Resident District Commission says he inspected some of the affected areas and reported the status of the facilities to the office of the President, which he believes will respond accordingly.

He, however, challenged the district leadership to also push for the solution through the area Members of Parliament, such that they lobby for special funding from the Ministry of Disaster Preparedness and other sources.          

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