Butiaba Health Center III Workers Living in Fear of Crocodile Attacks

By Leilah Bbaale
Health workers at Butiaba Health Center III in Butiaba town Council in Buliisa district are living in fear of attacks by crocodiles from Lake Albert. The health workers say their lives and that if their patients admitted at the facility are in danger because of crocodiles that loiter up to the health facility.

The crocodiles find their way into the compound of the health center because of the destruction of the metallic fence caused by the rising water levels in the lake. Part of the fence is underwater, which gives the crocodiles chance to roam the compound of the health center triggering panic among patients and health workers.

Moses Kaahwa, the Health Center In-charge explains that the working condition at the facility is not good given the threats from the crocodiles.

A nurse at the facility who spoke to Spice FM on condition of anonymity explains that most of them fear to report to work fearing attacks from the man-eaters. Beatrice Kwiyocwiny who our reporter found attending to her young child at the facility, said during night hours the crocodiles come and feed behind the children and the female ward that is also on the verge of being submerged by the rising water levels.

Dr. Nelson Naisye, the Buliisa District Health officer, says the situation at Butiaba Health Center is again getting out of hand. He calls on the community or the government to immediately avail land for the construction of another health facility.

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