NEWS– Patients receiving treatment at Mukuju Health Center IV have come out to request for an urgent attention from Authorities deaf ears over the violation of their rights at the facility.
Mukuju health center IV which is located in Tororo North County is currently faced with lack of water in the hand washing facilities at the hospital and the borehole in the nearby is always closed and out of bounds for patients.
Easther Lucy Akoth an elderly diabetic patient treating a leg wound at the facility says that they are currently buying a five litre jerrycan at UGX 200 on a daily basis. She says that her care giver is forced to trek long journey to look for clean water to use on washing utensils, beddings and bathing.
She is worried that the situation might lead her to contraction of poor sanitation related illness given the situation at this facility.
Janet Awori a caregiver of another patient says she is worried of cholera in the female ward which has dry hand washing facilities and the price of water shooting up everyday that goes by.
Awori walks a kilometer away to a Catholic church to fetch water during the day as the nearby borehole is ever closed.
A mother who preffered anonymity but nursing a son a the facility’s children’s ward says they are living on the mercies of God at the health facility because of water scarcity.
She calls upon the District Health Officer to intervene in this situation and order her staff to desist from selling water to the already burdened patients and care-takers.
Our reporter’s efforts to get a comment from the facility’s incharge fell on a rocky ground since he had already left the health unit and unable to be reached via his known telephone contact.
With interventions of some nurses, the care takers forcefully opened the borehole and started accessing the water that has been under lock.
Our reporter was able to understand that the water source was closed over staff’s failure to pay a monthly UGX 5000.
The patients and caregivers pleaded to the Chief Administrative Officer and the District Health Officer to take over the water boreholes maintenance bills so that the patients can easily access safe and clean water at the facility.