Ministry of Health Donates Ambulances To Kigezi Sub region To Enhance the Referral Process For Medical Emergencies

KAMPALA (UG)-The ministry of health has donated five 53 Type B ambulances procured by the Government and Development Partners deployed to constituencies and hospitals across various districts in Kigezi Sub-region to enhance the referral process for medical emergencies.

The official flagging-off ceremony was presided over by the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the National Records Centre and Archives in Kampala yesterday.Dr. Abdon Birungi, the Chairperson of District Health Officers in Kigezi Sub-region during the ceremony noted that previously, many Health Center IV facilities would depend on ambulances stationed at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, creating difficulties in providing services to remote and hard-to-access locations during emergencies.He underscored the importance of equipping Health Center IVs with their own ambulances, emphasizing that this move will notably enhance the region’s referral system, particularly for expectant mothers and accident victims.

Among the beneficiaries in Kigezi Sub-region are the five districts of Kabale, Rubanda, Kisoro, Kanungu, and Rukungiri, while Rukiga District had already received its share.Statistics reveal that out of the 353 constituencies, 192 have ambulances, representing a coverage rate of 54%, while all 16 regional referral hospitals boast a 100% coverage rate.