Maboha Clinic

Maboha Clinic

Nurse Kasim with his outreach bicycle


Amy Baigent with young mums

Maboha Clinic
Currently there is no Clinical Officer at this clinic, but Kasim Ludohela, the auxiliary nurse, runs a good service with support from some villagers. The clinic serves a population of 1227, with 475 of these being under 5 in August 2011. There are approximately 8 deliveries per month, and about 20 patients visit the clinic each day.

The nurse offers HIV testing for pregnant women, though there were no test kits in stock when the clinic was visited. But there is no follow up advice and counselling at Maboha, HIV +ve mums would have to travel to Urambo for this support. The clinic does offer contraceptive advice though, and provides condoms and hormone pills and injections, plus advice on safer sex and proper condom use.

The clinic has a gas fridge, but had no gas at the time of the visit. This was later reported to the DMO at the District Hospital who was aware of the shortage and said gas would be delivered soon. Hopefully this did happen as the lack of refrigeration meant the Vaccination programme was on hold.

The nurse has a bicycle for outreach work, and the clinic has a tank for rain water harvesting. But, the pipe to carry water from the guttering to the tank was missing. Villagers said they have the new pipe, and were advised it had to be replaced within a month.

The clinic appeared slightly shabby, but it was definitely functioning, and seen as a huge benefit to the rather remote village by all who were there.

leaky pipe

The missing water pipe!

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