health center III Kinoni Town council in Lwengo district is struggling to
handle the increasing number of patients despite the absence of beds.
increase in the number of patients follows the elevation of the facility from Health
Centre II to III after the creation of Kinoni Town Council in 2019.
the facility show that least 200 patients show up for treatment each day. These
include expectant mothers and those in critical condition in need of admission
for close monitoring.
the Kinoni Health Center Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is
operating with acute inadequacies, which impact heavily on service delivery.
He says currently they only have four admission beds in the ward and often
times inpatients sleep on the floor as they receive treatment.
Ssegirinya explains that
despite its elevation to health center III, the facility has not been equipped
appropriately and the staff is finding it hard to deliver the required services
//Cue in: (Luganda) “olunaku lumu….
Cue out; …..bebasinga okusula wano,”//
after waiting for the district leadership and Heath Ministry to attend to the underlying
inadequacies in vain, they have found it worthwhile to appeal to well-wishers
for any support that can improve the conditions at the facility.
Besides the inadequate beds, the health facility is also challenged by
unreliable power supply, which complicates services delivery especially during
night hours, according to Ssegirinya.
The Health Center in Charge, Sarah Kabejja, says that even
the four available beds have outlived their lifespan and can no longer serve
the purpose as they are already in very bad shape.
She revealed that they received
a donation of mattresses from Buganda Kingdom but they lack serious impact due
to lack of beds.
//Cue in: “eri Ssabasajja…..
Abdul Kalibbala the Kinoni Town Council Interim LC III Chairperson says they
are now going to politicize the challenges affecting Health Centre to mobilize
support from politicians currently campaigning for positions as one of the
remedies to the challenges at the facility.
He says they had earlier asked district
authorities to use part of the COVID-19 response funds returned by the Members
of Parliament to equip the facility but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
David Muagabi, the Lwengo District Health Officer declined to comment about the
appalling status of health facility when approached by our reporter.