Patients Sleep On The Floor As Rubirizi Health Centre IV Runs Out Of Beds

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Patients at Lugazi health centre IV in the newly created Lubirizi district are sleeping on the floor due to scarcity of beds.

Patients at Lugazi health centre IV in the newly created Lubirizi district are sleeping on the floor due to scarcity of beds.
Lugazi health centre IV was built in 1973 and has never been supplied with new beds ever since.

Our reporter visited the centre on Sunday and found patient’s mostly expectant mothers lying on their mattresses and mats on the floor as they waited to deliver.

Kengonzi Bonita, a 28-year-old resident of Kyabakara Sub County in Bunyaruguru told URN reporter that she trekked over 20 kms to reach the health centre, the only big health facility in the new district.

Kengonzi, who was expecting her third baby said she had spent three days at Lugazi health centre with her attendant sleeping on the floor because of limited beds.

Kengonzi said when she reported to the health centre on Tuesday, she was told to place her mattress on the floor for the time being until some of the mothers occupying the beds get discharged.
But she remained on the floor for three nights.

Fiona Mbabazi, another expectant mother said the problem of scarcity of beds at Lugazi health centre is not new. The 40-year-old said fifteenyears ago, she and her mother visited the same health centre and found similar problems.

Dr. Michael Talemwa, the Lubirizi district health officer who also doubles as the in charge at Lugazi health centre IV admitted facing this dilemma. But he was hopeful that most of these health challenges in Lubirizi would be addressed soon after ministry of health officials visited the area following numerous appeals.

The health centre also faces delays in medical supplies and lack of enough structures.

According to Dr Talemwa, Lugazi health centre receives 150 outpatients and over 40 in patients monthly.  

The centre has male, female, pediatric and maternity wards. Each of these wards has less than 20 beds. It also has a theater operated by the district health officer himself.  

Despite the challenges facing the health centre, the Lubirizi district council plans to write to the ministry of health to upgrade it to a hospital status.

Lubirizi district has only 14 medical workers out of the 49 required according to Dr. Taremwa.