Eastern Uganda Health workers in Eastern led by Buyende District Health Officer (DHO), Dr Frederick Daniel Isabirye have asked Parliament’s Committee on Health to push for improvement in their working conditions citing dilapidated hospital structures and poor accommodation as serious concerns.
“Just like others in Eastern Uganda, are putting up with difficulties of limited space and structures they fear could collapse soon and sought Parliament’s intervention for solutions” Dr. Frederick said.
“There is a serious need to improve working conditions of health workers in most of the health facilities in Eastern Uganda; the limited working space coupled with very old dilapidated structures are major challenges in service delivery,” he said.
Dr. Frederick made this request while meeting MPs on the Health Committee led by Vice Chairperson, Hon. Joseph Ruyonga who are assessing conditions of Health Centres in Eastern Uganda to inform plans for refurbishment.
In Jinja, Dr Stephen Banonya said given the city’s Frederick Daniel Isabirye to a busy, accident-prone highway, a blood bank is urgently needed for medical emergencies.
“We have many accidents on Kampala-Jinja road [and there is] the increase in malaria cases coupled with many expectant mothers; [this] requires a blood bank to help in saving lives,” he said.
MPs visited Bugembe Health Centre IV, Wakitaka Health Center III, Kaliro Town Health Centre III among others, spread across the districts of Kaliro, Jinja and Buyende.
Others included Irundu Health Centre III in Kagulu Sub County and Buyende Health Centre III.
In Kaliro district, MPs were shocked to discover that Kaliro Town Health Centre III has for the last 18 years been housed in rented premises and promised to push for the construction of the hospital’s permanent premises.