Members of the KCCA council have this morning been shocked to find that there is only one medical doctor working in all of their eight health centers around Kampala.
The discovery comes as the meeting discovered that as per public service structures, a doctor operates at grade IV and the rest are serviced by medical staff.
Of the eight health centers around Kampala under KCCA, only Kisenyi Health Center IV has a medical doctor.
The other health centers include: Kisugu Health Center III, Komamboga Health Center III, Bukoto Health Center II, Kawaala Health Center III, Kirudu Health center, Kawempe, Kitebi and Kiswa.
Additionally, while there is under staffing at the health centers, the health centers are facing many other challenges.
Some of the challenges include: land wrangles with neighbours such as Bukoto Health Center II, lack of ambulances, poor structures among others.
The look into the state of health centers run under KCCA was prompted by statements from the Permanent Secretary of ministry of health Dr Atwiine who blamed them for closing before time and causing maternal deaths in the city.
As a result, KCCA constituted a Public Health Committee that was tasked to conduct independent investigations into the matter.
While presenting the committee’s findings before the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago at City Hall today, the chair of the Public Health Committee observed that the Permanent secretary’s statements were untrue.
“The committee carried out impromptu visits to the health centers the entire week last week and all health centers operated beyond 3pm,” said Dr Zalwango, KCCA’s chair of the Public Health Committee.
However, Dr Zalwango observed that the health centers have grave challenges that are crucial to implementing their mandate effectively.
As a result, she made some recommendations from her committee to the Permanent Secretary.
“The Permanent secretary should visit health facilities before making unfounded statements,” she said.