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Public Health Facilities Crippled By Water Crisis In Kasese

A severe water crisis has hit health centres in Kasese district exposing the lives of patients and medical workers to risk.


Most of the health centres visited by Salt Radio have inadequate or lack of water to run their operations. They are forced to get their water from unreliable points including boreholes and streams.

Out of 22 Health Centres IIIs in the district, at least seven of don’t have a reliable source of water while out of 60 health centre IIs at least 10 don’t have safe water. 

Sadress Masika from Mpondwe, says that women have been the most hit by the water crisis in health facilities. She blames leaders for lack of a political will to address the water shortage in the district.

Elizabeth Kabugho a nurse at Kamasasa HCII in Mpondwe says medical personnel at the facility have to buy water for themselves since their tap was disconnected.

Steven Bagonza, the Acting DHO-Environment Health Kasese says most of the boreholes that were drilled four years ago, have since broken down.

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