June 15, 2013

250M Generator Wastes Away at Masaka Health Centre

Rusting Generator at Kyazanga health centre
Rusting Generator at Kyazanga health centre

A generator worth 250 million shillings is wasting away at Kyazanga health center IV in Lwengo district because of lack of funds to fuel it. The generator was purchased for Kyazanga health center IV by the health ministry four years ago. For close to two years Kyanzanga health center IV has been operating relying on candles solar in the maternity ward after UMEME disconnected power to the health center over accumulated bills.

Dr. Steven Mirembe, the In Charge of Kyanzanga Health Centre has declined to explain why the generator is not in use.   However, Dr. Ronald Kaye, the Lwengo district Medical Officer says the health centre stopped using the generator because of lack of funds to fuel it. He explains that the four million shillings allocated to the health center by the district each quarter is not enough to cater for the water, electricity and cleaning bills.

Dorah Nakaweesi, an attendant to a patient at Kyazanga health center IV says that they use candles in the general ward, female ward and children ward. She says only the maternity ward uses solar energy.
Nakaweesi, who is from Katovu trading center which is found along Masaka-Mbarara Highway says patients sleep in the dark when the candles burn out. Rashid Kawawa, the Kyazanga Town Council LC3 Chairman says the health centre should be closed down until everything is put in order.

Some patients waiting for treatment at Kyazanga Centre which grapples with power crisis despite presence of huge generator
Some patients waiting for treatment at Kyazanga Centre which grapples with power crisis despite presence of huge generator

He claims that the use of candles in the health centre puts the lives of patients and their attendants at risk of fire outbreaks. He says that the cupboards in the ward have been burnt because of the use of candles for lighting. Kawawa accuses the management of the health center of failing to stop patients from using candles and expresses fear that it could soon cause a fire outbreak. Maada Nanyanzi, the health secretary Kyazanga Town Council who sits on the health management of the health center says the generator is being wasted because the theater for which it was bought does not function.

She says since the alleged theft of the theatre equipment such as the scanners four years ago, the health Ministry has not replaced them. Nanyanzi also fears the generator could be stolen due to gross negligence of duty and poor security at the health center.

2 thoughts on “250M Generator Wastes Away at Masaka Health Centre

  1. This is the case of uncoordinated/unplanned moves by government. Shouldn’t the 250m shs perhaps have been used to clear the Umeme arrears and pay for future power consumption? Or were some people simply interested in buying the “white elephant” generator and eating their kick-backs and not mind what happens next? We need to plan better and use our limited resources more prudently and efficiently.

  2. That generator might have NEVER functioned too! They might have bought scrap at a whopping 250m

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