“Government that is in charge of the budget process every year must have known that Mulago was not paying its water bills and couldn’t wait for this to happen. This kind of playing with people’s health is playing with women’s lives. As a matter of fact, this is trampling with our dignity and it is totally unacceptable” said Miria Matembe a renowned women rights activist.
No one could have imagined that in this day and age that water services could be disconnected from a major referral hospital of any country. But this is what happened recently when the National Water and Sewerage Corporation went and disconnected water supply to some parts of Mulago hospital over unpaid bills amounting to more than Shs6b. It is said that the bill in question had accumulated over years which the hospital managers said cannot be accounted for since there are no supporting documents to that effect. This resultantly led to a water crisis in the government main referral hospital and Mwana Migimu pediatric section was the most hit by the crisis that caused diarrhea infections among children leaving many of them dead and their mothers in twinge.
In light of the above, Women leaders and activists carrying empty jerrycans have today held a peaceful protest at the hospital premises over what they called poor health services affecting their dignity as women and demanded for answers from government why it has failed to pay for water utility bills at the Mulago Referral hospital and further asked why government has failed to improve the public health sector. Continue reading