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Lumino Health Center III Closed As Residents Demand Accountability fpor UGX 21M

Anthony Egesa, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer-CAO says that they received complaints from the health center in charge on Friday last week, saying it is unfortunate that some community members have turned wild against the medics before their intervention.
25 May 2021 07:21

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Health workers have kept away from Lumino health center III in Busia district following a recent raid by residents demanding accountability for Shillings 21 million received as compensation from Uganda National Roads Authority-UNRA. The authority compensated the facility for encroaching on part of its land during the construction of Busia-Lumino road.  

Angry residents armed with machetes, clubs and sticks stormed the health center on Saturday and confronted the in charge demanding accountability for the Shillings 21 million, which they claim was spent without their consent.

According to residents, they had earlier agreed with the health center management to spend Shillings 12 million for the construction of modern pit latrine and Shillings 9 million for the survey of the 2-acre piece of land hosting the facility. Steven Mbasan, the Lumino health center III management committee Chairperson, says that chaos started after the in-charge failed to give the clear criterion used to identify a contractor for the latrine construction

He says that they also got concerned that when the Health center in charge couldn’t explain how the money is being used.

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Allen Nerimah, a senior clinical officer-in-charge of Lumino health center III says that they took off from the health center on Saturday evening for fear of their dear lives. Other health workers have also decided to stay away from the health center for fear of their lives.

When asked by our reporter on the issue of pit latrine construction, Nerimah said it's the district authorities who identified the contractor and authorized him to begin the work. She says that the misunderstanding between the health center management and residents started when they demanded the Bills of Quantities-BOQs, which they are yet to receive from the district.

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Julie Nanjala, Monicah Ajambo and Sanyu Masiga to our reporter at the facility that they had failed to get services at the health center after failing to find any medical worker on duty. "This is the only nearby health center III around. We can't walk over 7 kilometers to reach Masafu general hospital for treatment, they said. They appealed to relevant authorities to intervene in the matter to allow the medical workers to resume their work.  

Anthony Egesa, the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer-CAO says that they received complaints from the health center in charge on Friday last week, saying it is unfortunate that some community members have turned wild against the medics before their intervention. According to Egesa, there was a delay in providing the contractor BOQ but the pit latrine construction project was certified by the district procurement department who allowed the contractor to start the work as per the given period.

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Mathew Tusubira, the Busia Deputy Resident District Commissioner says that they have identified key suspects and will pursue them. He asked the health workers to resume their normal duties as police investigate the matter.  

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