Mukono leadership demand for upgrade of Health Centre IV

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Late last year, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to upgrade it by commissioning its ground breaking but ever since, nothing is happening on ground.

Mukono Municipality leadership is demanding the government to speed up the process of upgrading Mukono Health Centre IV to a hospital status. The leadership says the services offered cannot be compared to other health centres in the country.

The Municipality Town Clerk, Innocent Ahimbisibwe, says on a day, the centre receives a minimum of 18 expectant mothers in addition to other patients. The maternity ward has eight beds from where the said 18 mothers deliver daily. The beds are congested in one ward that initially had to have five beds.

In a month, about 500 women deliver at Mukono Health Centre. This forces more mothers to share beds or sleep on the floor, some sit outside on the veranda, while others in the corridors to wait for attendants. When the mother delivers, such a patient is discharged
immediately or latest the following day to create room for others.

He says this is a big number yet the health center lacks enough infrastructure and furniture. Additionally the health center is heavily understaffed with only three doctors handling all the cases they receive both during day and night.

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Late last year, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to upgrade it by commissioning its ground breaking but ever since, nothing is happening on ground.

However, the Mukono Municipality Health Officer, Dr. Anthony Konde says the process is on-going. He says they are just waiting for budgetary allocation and the process to kick off.

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Ahimbisibwe adds that at the moment, both Ministry of Health and Local Government are aware and that the technical team is already designing the architectural plans. He is hopeful that by beginning of the next financial year, the construction could begin although he insists that it is delayed.

He also says that even with the few staff, they handle the cases although there are few deaths which he says are part of occupational hazards.

 

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