Mariam Kaberuka, the chairperson Nakaseke hospital Management Committee, says a survey done by health inspector shows negligence on the part of the occupants, which explains the sorry state of the staff quarters.
More than 50 health workers at Nakaseke
hospital are on the verge of being evicted from staff quarters due to poor
hygiene. Government with support from World Bank injected about Shillings
17.6 billion in the renovation of Nakaseke hospital.
The construction work included the renovation of staff houses
and construction of additional blocks. Chinese firm, Yanjian Company
Limited, which refurbished the hospital handed it back to management in
However, few years later, the staff quarters
are in sorry state. They are surrounded by overgrown bushes and waste. The
housing units are occupied by midwives, nurses, clinical officers and doctors
Mariam Kaberuka, the chairperson Nakaseke
hospital Management Committee, says a survey done by health inspector shows negligence
on the part of the occupants, which explains the sorry state of the staff
Kaberuka says they have directed the occupants to clean the staff quarters
and clear the surrounding bushes or else face disciplinary action including
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A July 05, 2019, notice issued by the Environment
and Health Department directs the health workers to clear bushes at least five
meters from their housing units and keep them from vermin or vectors.
notice warns that public health act will be enforced on those who fail to
comply with the directive.
An official at Nakaseke Hospital says some health workers
even face snake bites for leaving grass to grow near the verandas. He a
expressed disappointment with some workers who cook inside the houses using firewood,
which has affected their state.
Ignatius Koomu Kiwanuka, the Nakaseke LC 5
Chairperson, says it is ashame for the health workers who teach residents to
live in a conducive environment to be reminded to do so.
Koomu has thrown his weight behind the decision to evict health
workers those who fail to maintain cleanliness and allocate the house to those
who are willing to maintain them in good state.
None of the health workers were
willing to comment on the eviction notice. According to section 95 of the public health act, no person
shall within a municipality or town permit any premises or lands owned or
occupied by him or her or over, which he or she has control to become so
overgrown with bushes or long grass as, in the opinion of a medical officer of
health, to be likely to harbour mosquitos.