Doctors, Patients Shun Bugamba Health Center IV

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In short
With a task to provide prevention, cure, rehabilitation, and emergency surgeries in the health service delivery chain, such a facility should have a senior medical officer and another doctor on top of other qualified medical personnel.

The absence of qualified medical personnel at Bugamba health center IV in Mbarara district is ruining health service delivery at the recently refurbished facility. 

With a well-furnished theater, maternity wing, general and emergency wards and an ambulance at its disposal, the facility was expected to ease health access to patients from hard to reach areas, reaching out to 15,000 outpatients and 720 deliveries on a daily basis.

But, it now lies in isolation as more and more patients shun the facility which is managed by only one nursing officer Amon Aruho, although, it should have up to 40 staff.

With a task to provide prevention, cure, rehabilitation, and emergency surgeries in the health service delivery chain, such a facility should have a senior medical officer and another doctor on top of other qualified medical personnel.

But this is not the case for Bugamba Health Center IV.  Aaron Kyomukama, an area resident narrates a pitiful experience of his expectant wife whose life was threatened after failing to secure an operation at the facility.  The situation was saved after rushing her to Mbarara regional referral Hospital.

Moses Mwebesa the Mbarara deputy resident district commissioner says he has been receiving complaints from Bugamba residents that the Government facility is lying idle. He explains that Christopher Nahabwe, the appointed in charge of the health center also abandoned the center for private business.
 
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URN made an impromptu visit of the center on Monday and found only 3 clients registered to have received health services there since 2013.  Amon Aruho, the nursing officer on duty cited political pressure as one of the factors driving personnel out of Bugamba Health center IV.  
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The Mbarara district health officer doctor Amooti Bwera Kaguna could not comment on the matter when contacted claiming he was on leave. But the district secretary for health services Didas Tabaro says they failed to attract doctors to work in Bugamba health center IV because of its remoteness.

He says as council they are seeking to have a meeting with health workers in the district to advise them on how best they can attract doctors to work in hard to reach areas.