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.

Kabale Scrap Business Faces Two-Week Grace Period Amid Security Concerns

KABALE –Scrap business operators in Kabale district have been granted a two-week grace period to sell off their stock otherwise, they risk their stores being closed until the current suspension on scrap buying and selling is lifted.

This call was made on Monday of the 27th of November,2023 by the Kabale Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Godfrey Nyakuhuma, as a response to concerns raised by scrap business operators, led by Mr. Matsiko Runyasi.They complained about having accumulated a significant amount of scrap in their stores and having placed more orders for scraps from rural areas.

The RDC explained that the decision to suspend scrap business was driven by the escalating security threats posed by scrap dealers in both Kabale Municipality and Kabale local government areas.

Nyakuhuma highlighted that the Kabale District Security Committee, last Friday, decided to impose the suspension due to the increasing vandalism of government properties, particularly along various roads in Kabale Municipality.

This vandalism has resulted in numerous accidents during the commissioning of completed projects in Kabale Municipality.