Museveni Directs On Upgrade of Health Centres, Mortuaries

Lira — President Museveni has directed
the Ministry of Health to upgrade all
government health centres and
mortuaries countrywide.
This follows concerns over dilapidated
state of government health facilities in
the country.

Mr Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of
Health, while speaking at the World
Malaria Day celebrations at Golf Course,
Lira District, on Monday confirmed the
development.

He said the facilities will be upgraded to
ensure Ugandans get access to quality
service delivery.

“The president has directed that all
districts should have hospitals and
mortuaries,” he said, adding that his
ministry would include the fund for the
redevelopment of activities in the next
financial year’s budget.

New insecticide
The minister also used the same
function to officially launch the use of a
new long-lasting insecticide, Actellic
300CS that is being used to fight
insecticide resistant mosquitoes.

Actellic, which lasts six to seven months,
has replaced bendiocarb, an insecticide
which has been in use for several years
in the country.

The Ministry of Health chose to use
actellic after bendiocarb failed to
eliminate mosquitoes that transmit
malaria.

Mr Tumwesigye further promised to
lobby for fund to construct a modern
maternity ward at Lira Regional Referral
Hospital.

Poor budget support, dilapidated
buildings, a lack of adequate equipment
and medical supplies characterise
majority of Uganda’s health centres.

A tour of the health facilities in Apac,
Lira and Kole districts by this newspaper
reveals dilapidated ceilings, leaking roofs,
broken window panes, a dusty labour
ward and a crowded operating room.
Like most other health centres, there
are inadequate drugs and equipment
and personnel to attend to all the
patients.

The Monitor

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