Bukedea Residents Demand for General Hospital

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Gerald Olupot, a resident of Kidongole Sub County, says elevating the health Center IV to a district hospital will save residents the trouble of trekking long distances in search of better medial services.

Bukedea district residents want government to establish a general hospital there to enhance health service delivery. The district, with a total population of 188,000 people, has only two public health facilities including Malera health center III and Bukedea health center IV.

 
Patients in need of specialized treatment are referred to Mbale Regional Referral hospital, which is 30 kilometers away. Christine Adeke, a resident of Kachede village in Bukedea Sub County and mother of 11 children died a week ago due to child birth complications.

 
Adeke breathed her last as she was being rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital for C-section since she couldn't deliver normally. Her relative, Lucy Arionget says the deceased could have been saved if they had a hospital that conducts surgery in the district.
 
 
According to Ariongot, several lives have been lost in the district due to lack of experienced doctors to conduct operations. She asks the Health Ministry to consider elevating Bukedea health center IV to a district hospital so as to bring services closer to residents. 



"If an expectant mother in Bukedea district develops complications, the nearest referral place is Mbale regional hospital, about 30 kilometers away," he said. Gerald Olupot, a resident of Kidongole Sub County, says elevating the health Center IV to a district hospital will save residents the trouble of trekking long distances in search of better medial services. 




He is worried that expectant mothers with complications will continue dying unless the matter is addressed.  Michael Okwi, the Bukedea District Health Secretary faults government for failure to elevate the available health center IV to a general hospital.

 
 
 
According to Okwi, a general hospital is well funded and staffed compared to a health center. Moses Olemukan, the Bukedea district LCV chairperson calls for calm as they continue pushing for the elevation of the current health center IV to a district hospital. According to the Health Ministry guidelines, a Health Center IV is expected to cover 100,000 people as compared to 500,000 covered by district hospital.
 
 

A health center IV offers among others Preventive, Promotive Outpatient Curative, Maternity, inpatient Health Services, Emergency surgery and Blood transfusion and Laboratory services. A general or district hospital offers similar services in addition to other general services and in service training, consultation and research to community based health care programs.