Dilapidated health centres in Sembabule irk LoP Mpuuga

By Zainab Namusaazi Ssengendo

The Leader of Opposition in parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba lamented the conditions he found in government facilities in greater Masaka during his inspection to see the condition and work situation in District health centres.

Mpuga together with other opposition members of parliament has spent four days touring Districts that include; Lyantonde, Lwengo, Kyotera, Masaka and Sembabule.

Inside the Health centre, Mpuuga explored the facilities, observed patient care, and spoke with healthcare professionals.

In Sembabule, the Sembabule Health Centre IV stands as a beacon of hope for the local community. However, a recent visit by Mpuuga exposed some glaring issues plaguing this essential healthcare facility.

The most pressing problem is the chronic shortage of essential drugs Patients in need are often turned away empty-handed, their ailments untreated due to the unavailability of essential medications.

‘When we come here for treatment they do not give us drugs they usually tell us to buy them outside from the nearby pharmacies yet we came to access medical care from here due to lack of money. So, most of the time we end up untreated," patients said.

Equally disheartening was the lack of care from some health workers.

‘I came here around 8 am but now it is 1 pm but no nurse has attended to us. They are just walking around.’ Mutesasira George William, a patient said.

Mpuuga, who visited the facility to assess its performance, was taken aback by the predicament of these patients.

Tensions escalated during the discussions, with medics and district leaders engaged in heated debates about the state of healthcare in Sembabule.

Kalinzi Deogratious, the in charge of Sembabule Health Center IV who was responding to a series of questions from Mathius Mpuga, said the situation was caused by the limited essential drugs they received yet National Medical stores take a long period of time to distribute essential drugs to sembabule health center IV.

"And the most distributed drugs are for mental illness yet we do not have cases of mental illness so you find when these drugs expire.  The distribution always takes place after a quarter but still not in time, " Kalinzi said.

Kabiite, a nursing officer at Sembabule Health Centre IV told Mpuuga that Sembabule has the least number of Health Workers means they work tirelessly yet the government denied them promotions.

‘We are very few. When you look at Health Centre IIs,  they only have one nurse. When you come here at Health Centre IV, we are only 35 instead of 98 medical workers who are supposed to be at H/CIV.’ Kabiite said.

At the moment, Sembabule Health Centre IV has 45 workers, 35 of them are Health Workers and others are supporting staff. According to the World Health Organization guidelines, Health Center IVs are supposed to have 98 workers. In percentage, Sembabule is 32% out of the 75% that is indicated by WHO.

Sembabule Health Centre IV receives over 100 new patients daily but most of them are expectant mothers.

The story of Sembabule Health Center IV is a stark reminder of the healthcare challenges faced by many underserved communities worldwide. It underscores the need for increased support, both in terms of resources and recognition, for these healthcare facilities. In the face of adversity, the resilience and dedication of health workers continue to inspire hope and healing in Sembabule.

Mpuuga promised to do everything possible to help Sembabule get a bigger hospital but asked the Chief Administration Officer to work with Mawogola Members of Parliament and renovate the facility as the buildings were about to collapse.

Mpuuga lamented the conditions he encountered during his trip as facilities were all in an alarming condition.

"We have many facilities but they are also ill according to the situation there and this is a picture in all health facilities across the country. All are overwhelmed, the number of health workers is very low, people buy drugs by themselves and some buildings are about to collapse. We are going to make a report and we will discuss it in parliament but there are some emergencies such as negligence in some health facilities that need to be worked on as soon as possible.’ Mpuuga said

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