Floods Disrupt Service Delivery at Kilembe Mines Hospital

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A patient being transfered from a ward to another at Kilembe Mines Hospital during floods on Wednesday. BY THEMBO KAHUNGU Thembo Kahungu

A patient being transfered from a ward to another at Kilembe Mines Hospital during floods on Wednesday. BY THEMBO KAHUNGU Login to license this image from 1$.

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Dr. Edward Wafula, the Medical superintendent of Kilembe Mines hospital says they stopped work as huge volumes of water found their way into the hospital.

Work grounded to a halt at Kilembe Mines Hospital this morning for close to two hours after part of the facility was flooded by River Nyamwaba. River Nyamwaba bust its bunks this morning for the second time in two months following a heavy down pour in the Rwenzori Mountains.
 
 
Dr. Edward Wafula, the Medical superintendent of Kilembe Mines hospital says they stopped work as huge volumes of water found their way into the hospital. He says they resolved with Kasese Municipality leadership to evacuate patients from some of the wards that were heavily flooded.
 
 
Dr. Wafula however says they didn't record any damage. Kilembe Mines Hospital has experienced severe flooding over the last two years. By 1am the medical workers and local officials decided to send back patients and their caretakers to their respective wards as the flooded had subsided.
 

At least four ambulances were on standby to evacuate patients if the situation got out of control. In 2013, Kilembe Mines Hospital was closed for nearly a month and all patients moved to St. Paul's Health Center IV, Kagando and Kabarole hospitals because of the floods.


The mid-morning floods had also led to the temporally closure of St. Peters primary school, Road Barrier Primary school and the nursery section of Mulembia primary school since they are found along the river bunks.

 
David Nyanza, a boda boda rider in Kilembe says that the running water dashed off the main course near Kyanzuki primary school before flowing to the main road. Uganda Radio Network could not independently verify the claim because the Kyanzuki Bridge is closed temporally since it is under construction.

 
Godfrey Kabbyanga, the Mayor Kasese Municipality says they have not recorded any causality because some of the people were still on their farms on the hillside. He says it is likely that some people could be stranded on either side of the river, in areas without bridges.
 
The households in Habitant and NyaKasanga in Nyamwamba division are currently water logged. Doreen Asiimwe, a resident of Nyakasanga says their house was flooded to at least two feet adding that no one is sure whether all the property has survived.
 

Leonard Kasereka, a local councilor in Nyamwamba Division says government has taken long to desilt the river so that no overflow is occurs when the floods occur. Last year, while touring the region president Yoweri Museveni ordered the internal affairs ministry to desilt Nyamwamba River in order to save the population from further damage.



 
 

 

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