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Lwengo Health Centre Faces Shortage of Beds as Patient Numbers Surge

Abel Ssegirinya, the Kinoni Health Center Management Committee Chairperson, says the facility is operating with acute inadequacies, which impact heavily on service delivery.

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Kinoni health center III Kinoni Town council in Lwengo district is struggling to handle the increasing number of patients despite the absence of beds.

The 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.  

Records at 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.  

Abel Ssegirinya, 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,”//

According toSsegirinya 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…..    

Cue out;…..abakyala abazaala.”//    

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.

Dr. David Muagabi, the Lwengo District Health Officer declined to comment about the appalling status of health facility when approached by our reporter.

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