Category: Health

The Situation At Buyobo Health Centre II Worrying

The only health facility in the sub-county operates without a maternal ward, no essential drugs and only two beds which are used for both admissions and deliveries.

It also lacks pit latrines and bathrooms for patients and operates without electricity.  Due to the appalling state of the facility, pregnant mothers are forced to trek long distances of about 10 Kilometres to access treatment at Budadiri Health Center IV and Buwasa Health Centre IV.

Paul Magona, the LCI chairperson of Bumagugaa B village, says they have only one Health Centre II, which cannot deliver mothers and the drugs are always unavailable.  

Emma Gizamba, a resident says they are relying on the services of Village Health Teams-VHTs to get basic treatment. A nurse, who spoke on condition of anonymity appealed to government to improve services at the health centre since it is the only facility in the entire sub-county.

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MP Nambozo Calls for an increased Parliamentary oversight on HIV/AIDs related issues

Florence Nambozo the Sironko District woman MP who also doubles as the chairperson parliamentary committee on HIV/AIDs and other related diseases has called for increased parliamentary oversight of HIV related issues in Africa.

According to Nambozo, if the HIV Legislations/ Policies have to become an important tool in addressing the HIV pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, then governments have to be advocating for serious implementations of HIV/AIDs policies in African countries.

Nambozo explains that one of the parliament’s roles and responsibilities with regards to National HIV/AIDs strategies and responses is to oversee the proper implementation of policies and allocation of resources to HIV programs and the authority to monitor and control effectiveness of such programs.

Nambozo made the call today while addressing an evidence based conference in Cape Town South Africa which is organised under the theme: the role of parliament in combating HIV/AIDs Epidemic.

Dr. Nomafrench Mbombo the Provincial Minister of western cape in South Africa at the same conference also revealed that eradication of HIV/Aids by 2030 requires addressing the epidemic drivers with focus on the marginalised population, gender integration, wellness and right based approach within the context of the legal framework.

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State of Sironko Health Facility Irks Sironko Woman MP

The chairperson of parliament on HIV/AIDs and other related diseases Committee and also the district Woman MP for Sironko Hon. Florence Nambozo has expressed shock on the appalling state of Buwasa Health centre Iv. 

Nambozo says that she is very disappointed with the state of the facility despite the fact that it is the only Health facility serving almost 10 sub counties of Budadiri west constituency in Sironko District.

Some of the sub counties that Buwasa health centre serve include: Buteza, Nalusala, Buyobo, Buwalasi, Bukyabi, Buyanfa and Bufumbo sub county in Mbale District.

Mr’s Jenifer Muduwa the area councilor of Bumasaba Parish in Buwasa sub county, revealed that ever since last year, they have held dialogues with the district authorities to improve the hygiene of the facility, but nothing has been done since then. However the residents of Buwasa sub county applauded Hon. Nambozo for her timely intervention.

Residents also said they have a non-functional borehole at Buwasa Health Centre IV which was meant to serve the health facility, adding that they are living in fear because during prolonged dry spell patients admitted in the area walk long distances in search of water to use at the facility.

Hon. Nambozo particularly revealed that she was concerned with the poor hygiene at the Facility, revealing that the compound of the Health centre is very dirty and smelly.

Nambozo says that she will liaise with Sironko District Committee on Social Services to send a technical team to inspect the Health centre and make a report to government to intervene immediately.

Hon. Nambozo was today in the district to monitor, scrutinize and validate government’s pledges and assurances on service delivery

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54% Of People In Mbale Have Multiple Sex Partners.

54% of people in Mbale have multiple sex partners, Robert Wandwasi the Mbale District HIV Focal person has revealed.

Wandwasi while speaking at a regional training for media practitioners on HIV and Gender Sensitive Reporting at Pretoria Hotel today said that such a trend is worrying. The training was organized by the Uganda Aids Commission

Wandwasi adds that statistics also show that only 50% of multiple sex partners use condoms. He says the fact that half of the population in Mbale does not use condoms, new HIV infections are recorded. He says consistent use of condoms is important in the fight against HIV.

Lillian Tatwebwa a communications officer with Uganda Aids Commission said multiple sex partners and poverty are fuelling HIV spread in the country.

According to Tatwebwa, 1.3 million people are living with HIV in Uganda with 52,000 new infections being registered in 2018. 26,000 people died of HIV related illnesses in 2018.

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Manafwa VHTs Announce Strike Over Pay delays

By: Weswa Ronnie

Village Health Team (VHT) members in Manafwa District have threatened to lay down their tools over delayed payment of allowances they were promised.

David Wambi one of the VHTs in Buwagogo Sub County says the promise to pay them was made last year but they have waited in vain. Wambi says they were also promised items like gumboots, raincoats, and umbrellas.

Ronald Bwayo another VHT says they have issued a one month ultimatum to the education authorities in Manafwa District and if no action is taken, they will have no alternative but to lay down their tools.

But Doctor Gideon Wamasebu the Manafwa District Health Officer says the work by VHTs is voluntary no one is paid a salary. He, however, says that the VHTs will be given allowances during the execution of some activities.

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