Ailing Health Centers of Rural Uganda

Poor health care in rural areas is a song that has been sung more than enough times over the years, and lack of drugs is a key part of its lyrics. Last month, News-Hapa carried a story (http://www.news-hapa.com/story/118/) about patients in Koboko resorting to local herbs as the only means of treatment available to them after having failed to acquire drugs from Dranya Health Center IV. Ogoko Health Center II in Ogoko sub county of Arua district is one of many other health centers where there are not enough drugs to cater for the need of the residents depending on these services. Osborn Joet, a resident of Ogoko, says “There is a lack of medicine in Ogoko. Many people are failing to be treated as a result.” This has caused a whole lot of worry to people who cannot afford to buy medicine from private clinics and pharmacies where the price is hiked substantially.

Dr. Anguzu Patrick, the District Health Officer of Arua recently explained to News-Hapa that the situation with the health centers is as a result of insufficient funding. He said this of Rhino Camp Health Center IV, also in Arua, where there is no mortuary and diagnosis of typhoid is proving to be an uphill task.

A ray of hope has however shone on a few areas of Uganda where the government is planning to renovate and improve service delivery of hospitals under the Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project (UHSSP), with the funding of the World Bank. Some of the hospitals set to undergo renovation as soon as next month are Mityana, Moroto, Anaka, Nebbi, Iganga, Moyo, Entebbe, Nakaseke and Kiryandongo. For many of the residents of Arua however, the hope is that not only the hospitals are worked on, but the health centers as well, to ensure that quality health care is accessible to those who need it the most.

- Nov. 7, 2013
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