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Sigh of Relief As Bwesumbu HCII Is Upgraded

Annet Biira an expectant mother says the improved facility will close the window of women who have been using traditional birth attendants-TBAs because they could not meet transport costs to bigger health centres in neighbouring sub counties.
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There is a sigh of relief among residents of Bwesumbu sub-county in Kasese who have been trekking long distances seeking better medical services after their Bwensumbi health centre II was upgraded to level. 

The facility has been upgraded to a health centre III. The upgrade is meant to strengthen maternal and child health services in the Sub County.

In November 2019, the central government together with Kasese district local government contracted Mariam and Brothers Trading Company Limited to construct a maternity ward, staff quarters, a five stance latrine, placenta pit, medical waste pit and big solar panels for the facility. 

  

The facility will serve an estimated 2,300 people across the 44 villages of the mountainous Sub County.  

Annet Biira an expectant mother says the improved facility will close the window of women who have been using traditional birth attendants-TBAs because they could not meet transport costs to bigger health centres in neighbouring sub counties. 

  

John Thembo a resident of Kasangali said there is still a serious gap in geographical access and delivery of quality health services caused by mismatch between health infrastructure development and capacity to deliver the needed services arising from inadequate staffing and drugs. 

  

He wants the facility to be more staffed so that patients can get timely services.   

"My prayer is that our hospital is more facilitated with nurses and driug supplies and that is only when it will change our lives.” Thembo noted .

Hezekia Muthaba the sub county chairperson who received the upgraded facility on behalf of residents reported that the population especially that of pregnant mothers has been moving long distances to Kabatunda health center III and Rwesande Health Center IV for services.  

Because of this long distance, Muthaba says some mother’s usually abandoned attending to their planned medical visits and some went for TBAs.

   

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Rogers Bahitya, the health in-charge said at least 10 to 15 expectant mothers were being referred to other bigger health centre’s on a daily.  

He also noted that during these movements some lives have also been lost. 

 

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Yusuf Baseka the Kasese District Health Officer says the social and economic impacts of improved health services on the individual, family, and the country as a whole have a significant multiplier impact on community development and quality of life of its people. 

The Kasese RDC Lt. Joe Walusimbi said the development is part of the government plans to upgrade all HCIIs to HCIII nationwide to improve service delivery.  

However, the RDC warned the staff against irregular acts that can cost services at the facility.

Walusimbi also encouraged the local community to embrace the on-going Covid-19 vaccination exercise.  

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