Lwengo Health Centers Black out

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Health centers in the newly created Lwengo district, have blacked out with no health workers to resuscitate them. Health workers at Kasooka Health center II, Kisansala health health center III, and Kinoni health center II found in Kingo Sub County in Lwengo district have abandoned the centers, living the residents there stranded. Nakateete health center II in Lwengo Sub County has also been affected. Kisansala has only one nurse attending to more than 100 patients per day. There was no sign of activity at both Kasooka health center, which was constructed in 2001, and Kinoni health center II. Lwengo district was recently curved out of Masaka district to take services nearer to the people. But the services are proving even more distant due to poor working conditions for the workers sent there. The URN Reporter found the two health facilities under lock. Nakateete health center has been choked by an overgrown bush, while the water taps are empty and there is no functioning toilet. Mbabali Muyanja, the Kingo sub county chairperson says the health workers could have abandoned the facilities due to poor working conditions. He explains that these health centers do not have basic health facilities like maternity ward, gloves, electricity and accommodation for health workers. Muyanja wants government to renovate the facilities to make them attractive to the health workers deployed to work there. // Cue in: "Some medicine..." Cue out: ".... buildings not used."// Hajat Nusulah Namatovu, an expectant mother in Kinoni town board, accuses the district leaders of failing to provide incentives to keep health workers at work. Namatovu claims that her son recently suffered red eye disease but she could hardly find anyone to treat him. Namatovu says she has lost confidence in government health centers. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the health workers in Kinoni told URN that he and his colleagues were pushed out of the health centers by poor pay. She says that the health workers there were each being paid only Ushs 100,000per month as salary. Joy Walusimbi, the Lwengo LC5 chairman, says the plight of health workers will be addressed in the upcoming district budget proposals.


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Edward Bindhe
Bindhe prides himself on being a part of the society he writes about. He believes there is no way a journalist can understand his society unless it considers him a part of it. This is why he is dedicated to investigating the challenges of the "little person."

Bindhe says, "My work reflects the Uganda Radio Network unique approach to news." Not many Ugandan journalists would consider or even notice the re-emergence of Water Hyacinth on a lake. Bindhe does.

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Edward Bindhe is the Masaka URN bureau chief. Rakai, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Kalangala, Mpigi, Kalungu, Bukomansimbi and Sembabule districts fall under his docket. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.

A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.