Medics flee ‘new’ house over cracks
Posted Wednesday, March 20 2013 at 02:00
The doors cannot be closed and the ceiling collapsed, sending health centre workers fleeing for dear lives.
Kirumba Health Centre III workers have rejected a recently-constructed residential block claiming it is in dangerous condition.
The Officer in-Charge of the facility, Ms Joan Namuyanja, said the block was allocated to five health workers in January. She, however, said the walls have developed cracks, the wooden doors cannot be properly shut and part of the ceiling fell last week, forcing occupants to vacate.
The issue has complicated the perpetual problem of accommodation for medical staff attached to the health facility.
Last financial year, the district allocated Shs45 million towards the construction of the house.
Ms Doreen Namulindwa, a health worker, said she suspected shoddy work by the contractor, whom she said denied residents from accessing the construction site. “Whenever people attempted to go to the construction site, the builders would block them or they would stop the work until the people went away,” Ms Namulindwa said.
Rakai District chairman Robert Benon Mugabi said he is yet to get a report about the state of the building from the District Engineer, Simon Peter Ssentaba. “So both the engineer and the contractor will be held accountable if it is discovered that the work is substandard,” he said.