New sub-county gives no relevance to health services in Hoima

The inhabitants of Bombo sub-county in Hoima district are unhappy with their leaders who have failed to establish a health center throughout the sub-county despite the promise that its creation by Mother Kigorobya would improve health services.

Mrs. Doreen Giramiya, one of the residents, says that they were promised a health center among other services during the political campaigns preceding the previous general elections, but so far nothing has materialized.

Residents of Bombo sub-county can only access a public health facility by walking more than 12 kilometers to Kigorobya Town Council for government services at Kigorobya Health Center 4, or by relying on services at the Muslim Bombo Health Center 2, which is around nine kilometers from the sub-county’s most remote residents.

Ms. Giramiya argues that even the geographical location of the private Bombo Health Center 2 is impractical, leading to a demand for a Health Center 4 in a neutral location.

Bombo sub-county, which includes Lenju, Buhirigi, Wayayo, Hanga, Aliwara, Binichoni, Katugo and Avogera, among other villages, is home to more than 10,000 people, according to local leaders.

Mr. Gideon Ochamgiu, a Village Health Team (VHT) officer from Lenju, fears that as the adolescent population increases, so will the number of cases of fistula and caesarean deliveries due to the lack of nearby health services.

He adds that even as VHTs, they find it difficult to travel to remote health centers to report on people’s health status.

The VHT worker, who also acts as health coordinator for Buhirigi parish in Bombo sub-county, says however they continue to sensitize communities to make sure they consult medical experts whenever they have health complications, especially pregnant women still it’s a challenge to them.