Friday June 6 2014

Locals want health funds reallocated

By Robert Muhereza


About 70 residents of Maziba Sub-county in Kabale District have appealed to the Ministry of Health to reallocate Shs800 million meant for the rehabilitation of Maziba Health Centre IV to the construction of staff houses at the facility.

Under their umbrella body, Maziba Villages Budget Club, the locals said health workers lack accommodation facilities and trek long distances to the facility.

“We urgently need staff houses for our health workers for timely health service delivery instead of renovating the health centre. The few health workers at this facility walk long distances to deliver health services because they are no accommodation facilities,” the LC3 vice chairperson, Mr Barnabas Mugabe, said.
The leaders made the call at a meeting on health and education service delivery, organised by Forum for Women in Democracy at Maziba headquarters on Wednesday.

More health workers
They also asked the government to increase the number of staff at the health centre and motorcycles for health workers.

The members said the facility has only 18 health workers instead of the required 48 while they have one motorcycle instead of the required eight to facilitate on outreach programmes for health education.

The district assistant chief administrative officer, Mr James Mugisha, said his district cannot interfere with the projects funded directly from the central government.

The area MP, Mr Wilfred Niwagaba, faulted the government for pushing programmes into communities without consulting them.

Central government must always consult the local people before imposing some programs on them. I support the decision of my people because we need staff quarters instead of spending this huge money on mere renovation,” Mr Niwagaba said.