Walukuba HCIV Theater Nonfunctional Since 2003

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Inside the suite are all essential equipment needed for theatre services. Oxygen cylinders, suction machines, anesthetic machine, oxygen concentrators, and a number of operating beds lie idle in the building. But all these have never worked since they were procured in 2004,

Walukuba Health Centre IV in Jinja district, Eastern Uganda, has run without a functional operating theater since 2003.

The theater building comprising of a reception area, a disinfectant room, a store and an operating area has now been invaded by cobwebs and surrounded by bushes.

Inside the suite are all essential equipment needed for theatre services. Oxygen cylinders, suction machines, anesthetic machine, oxygen concentrators, and a number of operating beds lie idle in the building. But all these have never worked since they were procured in 2004, according to the theater assistant Jennifer Bukuwe.
 
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Dr Kisira Charles, the health centre in-charge told URN that the theater is nonfunctional because the facility lacks an Anesthetist and a recovery room for patients.

He adds that the facility records over 1000 patients on a monthly, half of whom are expectant mothers. It serves the areas of Walukuba division, Masese, areas neighboring Jinja districts, Kisima Island, Buvuma, Mayuge, Iganga and Kakira among others.

Dr Kisira says that mothers suspected to have complicated births are immediately referred to Jinja Regional Referral hospital except in cases where the emergencies come at delivery time.
 
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Kagoda Esther, a mother who has just delivered a baby girl from the facility, told URN that she felt insecure to deliver from a hospital that cannot respond to emergencies.

However, Francis Byabagambi, the Jinja District Town Clerk said that a solution is in the pipeline.

 

About the author

Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).