Patients admitted at Bukakata Health Center III in Masaka are dismayed over the appalling hygiene at the health center because of lack of toilets.
Patients admitted at Bukakata Health Center III in Masaka are dismayed over the appalling hygiene at the health center because of lack of toilets. Bukakata health center III has a capacity to admit 20 patients. It serves people from landing sites in Bukakata Sub County and neighboring Kalangala district.
However, Bukakata health center lacks toilet facilities as the only 8 stance echo san toilet that served the health center was filled up. Some fishermen residing in Bukakata sub-county accuse Masaka and Kalangala districts of failing to construct toilets to match the number of patients who use the facility.
John Kiberu, a fisherman at Kachanga landing site told Freda Mubanda, Masaka District Woman MP that their lives are in danger because of poor sanitation at Bukakata health center. The MP was touring Bukakata Sub County to acquaint herself with the health situation in the sub county. Rose Nakakande, whose is looking after a patient at the health center said she has spent two days in the health center but has failed to get a toilet where to dump the waste of her patient forcing her to drop it in the nearby bush.
She noted that even the care takers of patients ease themselves in the bush which is a big threat to residents of the area. Mubanda promised to talk to Masaka district authorities to address the situation immediately adding is that if nothing is done diseases like typhoid and cholera can easily break out at the health centre.
Dr Stuart Musisi, Masaka District Health Officer says that if nothing is done by the district he will be forced to close the facility temporarily to save residents from acquiring diseases because of poor hygiene. However, Meddie Bukenya, Masaka health Inspector says that while the district wants to put up toilets its costly to construct toilets on the lakeshores because of the sandy soils.
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