Sunday February 9 2014

8 health centres lying idle in Pallisa

By Mudangha Kolyangha


As several patients continue to trek kilometers in search of better health services, shocking revelation has emerged that eight health units constructed under the primary health care in Pallisa District are non-functioning for the past three years.

Health officials in the district say the ministry of health has not provided both logistics and equipment to the facilities.
This revelation was unearthed during an interface between the community and health workers, organised by Action group for health, human rights and HIV/Aids (Agha-Uganda) in the two districts of Budaka and Pallisa.

The facilities were constructed in the Financial Year 2010/2011.
“There is no doctor, no nurse, no staff, and no medicine. They are just empty buildings standing as a PHC (on official record) much to the chagrin of the local population,” Mr Godfrey Mulekwa, the district health officer said.
Most patients around the defunct facilities have to trek about 8km to seek medical services. For instance, at Akisim health centre II, patients have to walk for a distance not less than five kilometers to reach Kameke Health Centre III.

Ms Joan E.Kilande, the programme coordinator Agha Uganda, said their intervention was basically to empower citizens (patients) to demand for their rights than having negative perception against the health workers and services offered.

Most health units visited like Kameke, Kibale, Kasodo and Kakoro, had enormous challenges, among which was lack of power, inadequate supply of drugs, low staffing and under funding.