Accomodation Shortage Hampers Work At Hoima Health Centre

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In short
Lack of staff accommodation facilities is frustrating service delivery at Ssebigoro Health centre in Buseruka Sub county, Hoima district. Ssebigoro Health Centre II is located near the Western rift valley escapement in Kaiso parish Buseruka Sub County.

Lack of staff accommodation facilities is frustrating service delivery at Ssebigoro Health centre in Buseruka Sub county, Hoima district.
 
Ssebigoro Health Centre II is located down the Western rift valley escapement in Kaiso parish Buseruka Sub County. It’s the only health facility in this hard to reach area. The health centre is always a treatment centre during Cholera outbreaks that hit the Lake Albert shore area almost every rainy season.
 
With the influx of people in the oil rich Kasio-Tonya, the health centre is witnessing a raise in patient numbers. Statistics indicate that the facility receives not less than 7000 patients every month. This calls for efficient services.
 
However, better health service delivery at Ssebigoro is still a dream; as the health centre grapples with lack of accommodation facilities for the six health workers. This was after the staff quarters were condemned by the district engineer about a year ago. The building had developed cracks at the time. Since then the staff have been renting in the surrounding areas.
 
Fredrick Byenume, the district health inspector, however, says many of them rent far away from the health centre. He says this affects efficiency especially during emergencies. Byenume explains that one of the staff resides at Kaseta trading centre about five kilometres away, while others stay up the escarpment, also some kilometres away.
 
In December last year, Hoima district council recommended that urgent measures be taken to address issues at the health facility. This was in response to a concern raised in the health and education committee report, calling for the health centre to be temporarily closed until accommodation for staff is provided.
 
Early this week staff abandoned the health centre in protest. Although a URN reporter couldn’t easily get the district speaker for an update on council’s progress in addressing issues at Ssebigoro, Byenume says the problem will be sorted out by May this year.
 
He says oil explorers Tullow Uganda will be handing over a fully-fledged building unit to the facility in May. He adds that the district could not build any structures at the health centre, when Tullow is building for the same facility.
 
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On Tuesday a URN reporter saw a number of patients unattended at the health centre veranda.
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