Nebbi Hospital Struggling With UGX 320M Water Bill

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Geoffrey Thorwinyowa, the Nebbi Municipality LC V Councilor and member of Hospital Management Board, says the hospital has been struggling to clear the accumulated water bill due to the limited resource constraint.

Nebbi General Hospital is struggling to offset an accumulated water bill worth Shillings 320 million. The water bill has been accumulating for the last seven financial years.

Dr. Justin Okwairwoth, the acting Medical Superintendent Nebbi General Hospital says the water bill started accumulating in 2011/2012 financial year when National Water and Sewerage Cooperation-NWSC connected the government facility to piped water.
 
 
According to Okwairwoth, the hospital is constrained to clear the bill because of the limited resource envelope.

 
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Geoffrey Thorwinyowa, the Nebbi Municipality LC V Councilor and member of Hospital Management Board, says the hospital has been struggling to clear the accumulated water bill due to the limited resource constraint.
 

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Dr. Oryema Jakor, the Nebbi District Medical Officer has confirmed the problem, saying besides drugs, the hospital can't do without water.
 
 
Dr. Jakor says the Health Department improvised ways to clear the bill but their efforts were frustrated by the reckless usage of water by patients and their attendants.


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Geoffrey Okaka, the Nebbi Chief Administrative Officer- CAO, says the local government is financially constrained and can't help to offset the accumulated hospital water bill.
 
He says they made several appeals to the Health and Finance Ministries to bail out the hospital but haven't received any response.
 
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Last year, the Managing Director National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC Eng. Silver Mugisha rejected appeals from the hospital administration to waive off the water bill. 

He instead advised the hospital top management to write a budget to the chief administrative officer to have the bills cleared.