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Dr. Gelvase Twine, the in-Charge of Shuuku Health Centre IV shares his house with four other health workers, including a female staff. Three male health workers occupy the bed room while the other sleeps in the garage.
One of the dilapidated staff houses at Shuku Health Center IV

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Some of the health workers at Shuuku Health Centre IV in Sheema district share the outpatient department with patients due to lack of accommodation, URN has learnt.

There are 32 health workers at Shuuku Health Centre IV, but only 20 have accommodation. As a result, two health workers use the outpatient department where they spend the night and fold their belongings in the morning.

Dr. Gelvase Twine, the in-Charge of Shuuku Health Centre IV shares his house with four other health workers including a female staff. Three male health workers occupy the bed room while the other sleeps in the garage.

Barius Haawa, the Nursing Officer at the health centre told our reporter that sleeping in the outpatient department is the only available alternative for some staff since there are no rentals in the vicinity they can occupy. 

She however says sharing the outpatient ward with the patients has compromised their privacy.

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Dr. Johnson Kabwishwa, the Sheema District Medical Officer, told URN that the issue of staff accommodation is a serious challenge at Shuuku Health Centre IV. He says the situation is not any different at Kabwohe Health Centre IV, Kigarama Health Centre III, Kyangyenyi Health Centre III and Bugongi health Centre III among others.

According to Kabwishwa, due to accommodation challenges, they have advised the health workers to share the available facilities. He says they have also advised the health workers not to bring along their families since they lack space to accommodate them.

Kabwishwa says they are still stuck due to lack of funds since government suspended funds for Primary Health Care development in 2014.

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Shuuku Health Centre IV is located in Shuuku sub county, neighbouring both  Ntungamo and Mbarara districts. Besides serving people in Sheema, the facility stretches its catchment area to Nyeihanga in Mbarara and Itojo Sub County in Ntungamo district.

The health centre receives between 80 and 100 patients each day and has a bed capacity of 22. It receives Shillings 14 million which is spent on procuring drugs through the National Medical Stores. The health centre also receives at least 10 million Shillings each financial quarter under the primary health care programme. 

The money is used for minor repairs at the facility, cater for health Unit management committee meetings, stationery, cleaning materials, Fuel for the Generator, Payment of electricity bills, mental clinic outreaches and ambulance maintenance among others.

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