Buhweju Health Centre Has Had No Doctor for 5 Years

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A visit by residents and local leaders of Buhweju district to Nsiika health centre four on Tuesday left many disappointed and shocked at the deteriorating hygiene and sanitation there. They were also surprised to learn that the health centre has allegedly operated without a doctor on staff for 5 years.

A visit by residents and local leaders of Buhweju district to Nsiika health centre four on Tuesday left many disappointed and shocked at the deteriorating hygiene and sanitation there. They were also surprised to learn that the health centre has allegedly operated without a doctor on staff for 5 years.

The only health centre four serves as a district hospital.
 
Mary Asiimwe, a neighbor to the health centre, said that five years since the health centre was reopened, its operating theatre has never been functional.
 
Asiimwe accused the health centre personnel of rampant absenteeism.  She claimed that only three health workers are always present at the centre.  It was also reported that the health workers close the centre over the weekend leaving patients stranded.
 
Deo Atuhaire, the district councilor representing Burere Sub County, revealed that patients have been pleading with council to come to their rescue.
 
Atuhaire said the council had been injecting a lot of money every financial year into the  health concerns of the district. He said that 20 million shillings had specifically been allocated to improve the hygiene and sanitation at the facility but there were no signs of improvement.
 
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A visit to the health centre with a bed capacity of 20 uncovered that only 5 beds were available but these had worn out and stinking mattresses. The operation theatre was also not working.
 
Medard Bizimana, the in-charge Nsiika health centre four, when contacted however, claimed that the district authorities had failed to allocate funds to run the centre.
 
The CAO Buhweju Willy Bataringaya, who is new in the area, admits that there has been some anomalies in the running of the health centre four but promised to correct the situation.
 
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The discovery of this sorry state of affairs follows a June 2011 district council meeting which resolved to set up a five member working committee led by Deo Atuhire to probe the district health team.
 
The committee was tasked to specifically probe the embezzlement of 59 million shillings that was allocated to the health department for immunization, improving the poor sanitation and Hygiene at Nsiika health centre four and other health centres in the district.