By David Ssempijja and Wilfred Sanya
Although they have enough accommodation to go round, men, women and children at Namasagali Health Centre III share the same ward.
The officer in charge of the facility, Paul Tenywa, said: “Because of uninhabitable buildings, we use an improvised space as a maternity ward. The maternity ward was closed a long time ago.”
He added: “Women, men and child patients are admitted in one room, with no separating curtains, yet only three out of about 35 beds in the ward have mattresses that are very old.”
Tenywa made the remarks over the weekend during a visit by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, to the health centre.
He said the once shinning centre has sunk into ruin, making it unable to handle the over 35,000 residents it was meant to serve.
Tenywa said the centre always refers patients, including pregnant women who are in labour, to hospitals located miles away.
He said these patients are usually transported using bodabodas because they do not have an ambulance.
Kadaga expressed shock on learning that the centre uses up all the drugs delivered within 30 days, yet the delivery interval is normally after 60 days.
It is against this background, that StarTimes, a digital pay television service provider, and the Speaker’s office donated a number of items to the health centre.
The items included drugs, a stethoscope, blood pressure machine, surgical equipment, beds, mattresses, curtains, bedsheets and blankets.
Kadaga said an improved healthcare system should be among the key priorities of the Government.
Kevin Chen, the chief executive officer of StarTimes, said: “Our initiatives are geared towards working with the Government and the private sector to uplift people’s standards of living.”