Medics in Buliisa district have appealed to the Ministry of health (MoH) to urgently construct mortuaries at the health facilities of Biiso and Buliisa.
The major facilities which are operating without functional morgue are Biiso health Centre IV in Biiso town council and Buliisa health Centre IV respectively. According to the medics in Buliisa district.
In an exclusive interview with URN journalist the In-charged Biiso Health Center IV, Dr. Peter Otim disclosed that the situation has forced them to keep the dead bodies in the wards even when patients are there.
Dr. Otim said that Biiso Health Center IV also lacks ambulances for referrals. He appealed to the government and partners to come for their rescue.
“What we are missing is a mortuary, when we lose patient is left in the ward where we have no special place where we put somebody who has pass on another challenge is the ambulance, we get a lot of challenge to transport a patient whom we have failed to manage, some of them are unconscious and we struggle to make sure the patient reaches the regional referral.” said Dr. Otim
Dr. Mugabe Robert, the Buliisa District Health Educator (DHE), confirmed this adding that currently Buliisa Health Center IV and Biiso Health Centre IV don’t have mortuaries.
But revealed that the district has one operational mortuary at Buliisa General Hospital and acknowledged the need for more.
Dr. Mugabe observed that due to meager funding, the district has first prioritized the construction of staff quarters in some of the health centers to accommodate the workers at the facilities to improve service delivery.
He noted that some health workers were residing outside the health facility premises, reporting late for work, thus affecting service delivery.
The (DHE), reports that the district has planned to construct mortuaries in these health facilities in their five-year plan.
“We have not budgeted for it due to limited resources at least in our five years’ development plan, we have a plan to build a mortuary in Biiso Health Center IV and Buliisa Health Center IV and we are seeing the mortuary at Buliisa general hospital is very far” Dr. Mugabe