European envoys shocked by Uganda’s health status

Irish Ambassador to Uganda William Carlos with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The sorry state of Ugandan health centres such as Kyangwali Health Centre III has irked European Ambassadors who are on their three-day retreat in Bunyoro sub-region.

Kyangwali Health Centre III, which is found in Kituuti village Kyangwali Sub county Kikuube district, serves 57,727 patienSub-county residents and refugees.

The refugees make 30 percent of the patients visiting the facility.

On Wednesday, European Ambassadors conducted an impromptu visit but found it choking with a high number of patients, leaking roof, lack of basic drugs and poor staffing.

The ambassadors also noticed that the Health centre lacks staff quarters and beds for patients in wards.

William Carlos, the Irish Ambassador to Uganda, described the Health situation at Kyangwali Health Center III as alarming.

He called on the Ugandan government to allocate more resources to the facility, saying it covers a huge population.

Justus Timbigamba, the In charge of Kyangwali Health Centre III told journalists that their biggest problem is drug shortage.

He says the drugs they receive are inadequate given the high number of patients they attend to on a daily basis.

The facility attends to more than 100 patients every day.

Timbigamba also said they handle more than 200 deliveries each month while 2000 patients are on the life prolonging retroviral drugs.

Dr. Nicholas Kwikiriza, the Kikuube District Health officer says the situation at the facility is regrettable given the huge population it serves. He appeals to the Health Ministry to consider upgrading the status of the health center.



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