Loy Zikampereza, the Speaker of Kabale district local government on Monday received a petition from residents of Ndorwa County East in Kabale district over the sorry state of Maziba Health Centre 4.
The locals through a local community based organization, Kabale Women in Development (KWID) want government to increase funding toward drugs and the control and management of cancer at the health facility.
In their petition that is signed by 2306 people who use the health facility, the locals noted that Maziba health centre IV serves a population of 86000 in Ndorwa County East; it is in charge of supervising health centre IIIs and IIs, and is also in charge of requesting drugs on behalf of lower health facilities.
Yet, the locals noted, the facility is still operating in structures that were constructed in 1947.
The health centre according to government standards is supposed to accommodate all the core health staff, but only 3 staff members have fair accommodation.
One of the midwives is accommodated in the side room of the male ward.
These add that health workers have been reporting late at the facility because they reside 5-10 kilometers away and that during the rainy seasons, some are unintentionally absent.
The locals requested for decent accommodation for critical cadres like midwives and enrolled nurses so that they have stable mind to effectively help mothers.
“The health workers that are transferred to the facility refuse to report for duty due to the state of the facility and lack of accommodation. We request for immediate intervention to uplift Maziba health centre 4 to the required status per the ministry of health guidelines,” the locals asked.
The district speaker Zikampereza said in response that it has been a challenge to the district council due to the meager budget that is given to the district in health.
She said the district will be involving members of parliament to see that funding to the health sector in the district increases.
Wilfred Niwagaba the Ndorwa County East MP says he has on several occasions pressed the government on the poor state of the infrastructure of the health facility but he has not got any response.
“Recently I visited the health centre and the in-charge requested that I help them with Shs 25million. As an individual I can’t afford that kind of money. It’s high time that government takes up its facility. I support the petitioners. They supplement my numerous reminders that government has failed its people,” the MP noted.