By David Oduut
Bulambuli district council has Tuesday afternoon passed its 2017/2018 financial year budget with more funds allocated into addressing health issues in the district.
Out of the 15.4 billion shillings budget passed, the health sector has taken the lion’s share of 6.2 billion shillings in a district which has been grappling with sanitation issues and other health related tribulations.
Last year an outbreak of cholera killed at least four people and left close to 500 others hospitalized in the district.
The district has in the recent past also registered an exodus of health workers due to lack of accommodation and delayed salaries.
Bulambuli district currently needs 106 Million shillings to recruit senior medical officers after all positions fell vacant. They include District Health Officer DHO, Assistant DHO in charge maternal health, and Assistant DHO in charge Environmental health and senior health Educator.
Now, according to the 207/2018 FY budget presented Tuesday by Simon Gimei the secretary for finance and administration, Bulambuli district is then set to address construction of more standard pit latrines in the district, promotion of sanitation and hygiene, heath center construction and rehabilitation as well as staff house construction and rehabilitation.
Also key is health care management and inspection as well as recruitment of health personnel.
In a budget document signed by the acting District Health officer, Stephen Waniala for Bulambuli district Health office, there is urgent need for construction of a pit latrine at Bumugusha Health Center III at Sisiyi Sub County.
He also highlights a need to service solar systems at 7 health facilities of Bumasobo, Buluganya, Bumugusha, Atari, Bumageni, Bukhalu and Muyembe.
In the water sector, the district has also increased funding from 439 Million shillings to 491 Million shillings to address rural water supply and sanitation. Key also is the extension of piped water to at least 11 parishes that especially have been depending on contaminated streams as source of water.
However Finance Secretary Gimei has expressed fear that due to the district’s over reliance to budget funding from the central government, it may still prove difficult to fulfill all the budgeted activities.
He revealed that out of the 15.4 billion shillings budget, the district will only be able to raise 177 million shillings through local revenue collection.
In the 2016/2017 budget, Bulambuli district had approved a budget of 13.8 billion shillings but only 10.3 billion shillings was realized.