Caretakers at Gatonde Health Center in Gakenke district have lamented incessant water shortages, saying they fetch it far from the facility a matter they claim has persisted for over five years.
Talking to IGIHE, the caretakers said the distance and time to water points take a big toll on their activities. “I have fetched this water from a distance that I walk for one hour from the hospital. Water shortage at this health center has persisted for long,” said Tuyishime Eugenie a parent who gave birth at the facility.
Mukamana Mediatrice, another caretaker said: “We can’t even find water to use in swallowing pills. A caretaker here is supposed to bring a jerrycan to collect water from far distant areas. What we want is to see water availed at the health center.”
The director of Gatonde health center, Uwingabire Edith has said that they reported the matter to Gakenke district five years ago but nothing has been done.
“The channel water-pipe system to this health center was ravaged five years ago. We reported the matter to the district which promised a solution but nothing was done. Our cleaners use water from reservoirs in rainy season or fetch from far distant areas where caretakers collect water,” she said.
The mayor of Gakenke district, Nzamwita Déogratias has said that they were not aware of the problem but since it has been brought to their notice they will address it.
Established in 1938, Gatonde health center receives at least 30,000 patients per year from Mugunga, Rusasa and Janja sectors.