By Mukasa Kivumbi, Bukedde/NECJOGHA correspondent, BUIKWE
Drugs worthy millions of shillings were lost when a healthy centre flooded by water after heavy rains.
This was on Monday at Buikwe in Health Centre 3 in the central Uganda district of Buikwe when it rained heavily and flooding water entered into the building where some the drugs in boxes were being kept on the floor.
The District Medical Officer of Buikwe, Dr. Richard Bbosa said they had decided to close the health centre for fear of some of their medical personnel being casualties of the damaged structure.
“We can no longer use that building as a health centre as its damaged and it is not safe for the our drugs,” Dr. Bbosa said. He advised resident who have been using this health facility to in the meantime go to Lugazi Hospital.
Some of the drugs which were not badly spoilt were carried way in boxes to the Buikwe town council buildings where Dr. Bbosa said they were going to sort out the badly damaged drugs.
Residents blamed the district leaders for shifting the healthy centre from near the district headquarters to a residential area which is susceptible to flooding. They further blamed the district authorities for using culverts which are too narrow during road construction and can’t carry all the water after heavy rains resulting in flooding.