Wesha health centre faces acute shortage of water

WESHA Health Centre at Chake Chake District in Pemba South Region is facing an acute shortage of clean and safe water that cripples the provision of health services, as the expectant women needed to carry buckets of water from home.

Speaking to the media recently, pregnant women said they are facing problems, especially during childbirth.

They said the center depends on the water service distributed by the Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) however the services have been unavailable for the past three months.

Asha Omar, a Wesha resident, said some pregnant women opt to give birth at home to avoid discomfort.

“When we go to give birth, our spouses have to carry buckets of water, because the center does not have reliable water service,” she said.

Subira Iddi Ali said the shortage also contributes to the lack of important tests for pregnant women such as urine tests and those who are in need have to travel to Chake Chake Hospital.

Said Mohamed Ali and Juma Bakar said they had to carry water when they accompanied their partners to give birth.

Dr. Abdulnassir Hemed Said said that the center attends at least eight expectant mothers monthly, but the number could be doubled if the center had reliable water service.

The ZAWA Public Relations Officer, Suleiman Anass Massoud, admitted the existence of the shortage, which was attributed to some citizens who connected water service without following the procedures.

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