Health Officials Demand Special Fund Support for Refugees

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Alphose Mugira, a refugee from Rwanda has lived at the settlement for 15 years. Mugira says that healthcare and educational opportunities for the refugees are very limited in the settlement

Health officials in Kyegegwa district are demanding for special funds for refugees living in Kyaka II settlement to access services.

The settlement that sits on 81-square miles piece of land,is home to over twenty seven thousand refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Somalia and South Sudan.
 
The officials say that although the district tries to provide services to the refugees and the nationals, its not adequate. 
 
Dr. Abel Mugisa, the Kyegegwa District Health Officer,says that the presence of the refugees has severely affected delivery of essential health care services. Locals in the area and the refugees go to the same health facilities for services.

Mugisa says the District does not have enough health workers to meet the demands of the growing national and refugee populations. Kyaka Health Centre III  according to Mugisa only has nine out the required twenty health workers.

Moses Irakiiza, the in-charge Kyaka Health Centre III says the facility always experiences drug stock outs because of the big population seeking for  services. He notes that very few refugees afford costs of purchasing drugs from private health centers.

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Alphose Mugira, a refugee from Rwanda has lived at the settlement for 15 years. Mugira says that healthcare and educational opportunities for the refugees are very limited in the settlement.
Mugira says the sanitation facilities are also inadequate at  the settlements.
 
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Margaret Ongoma, a refugee from DRC says they are always  forced  to fetch water from dirty water ponds or to walk two kilometers to Kigarama trading centre to access clean waters.

She also says that whenever they try to seek treatment from Kyaka health centre III, they are told to come back the next day, due to shortage of drugs. 
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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