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Nakaseke Hospital Restores Water as UGX 300m Pump Lies Idle

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David Ssemakula, the administrator of Nakaseke Hospital, says they secured Shillings 20 million that was used to replace the electric water pump. He said the electric water pump broke down because of power outages and the solar powered machine was also faulty.
18 Jun 2019 08:32
Solar Powered Water pump which failed to work

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The Nakaseke hospital management has finally restored water supply at the facility exciting patients and health workers. Nakaseke hospital has been battling a water crisis for the past three months following the breakdown of a water pump that serves the facility.

The hospital management failed to repair the pump due to lack of funds. This led to the breakdown of Water borne toilets compromising the sanitary condition at the hospital. On Monday, the health management restored water supply to the hospital.

David Ssemakula, the administrator of Nakaseke Hospital, says they secured 20 million Shillings that was used to replace the electric water pump. He said the electric water pump broke down because of power outages and the solar powered machine was also faulty.

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Sister Kellen Musiime, the Acting Nakaseke District Health Officer, says normal work has resumed at the facility following the restoration of water supply. The Health Workers and cleaners at Nakaseke hospital had laid down their tools to protest lack of water at the facility.

Abbey Kironde, a patient caretaker appreciated the hospital administration for restoring water supply at the facility, saying patients have been at great risk of contracting hygiene related diseases because of poor sanitary conditions.   Maria Goretti Namubiru, a resident says due to water shortage, a jerrycan of water had shot up at Shillings 1000, which they couldn’t afford. Namubiru says the wards are now clean since the water was restored to the facility.

However, local leaders and hospital administrators expressed disappointed with the Health Ministry and contractor who renovated the hospital for installing a faulty solar water pump worth  300 million Shillings. Government with support from World Bank injected USD 5.09 million about 17.6 billion Shillings in the renovation of Nakaseke Hospital.  Additional blocks were also erected during the construction works.

Yanjian Company Limited completed the hospital refurbishments and handed over the facility to Nakaseke Hospital management in September 2015. But Ignatius Koomu, the Nakaseke LC V Chairperson, says since the solar water pump has failed to work since it was installed.

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Miriam Kaberuka, the Chairperson Nakaseke Hospital Management committee explains that the solar water pump needs 80 million Shillings for repair, adding that they petitioned the Health Ministry for funding in vain.

Nakaseke receives  73 million Shillings for operational costs each quarter. The facility handles 6000 patients and 300 deliveries per month.   

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