BY PATRA KIRUNGI
FORT PORTAL: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2021
Tooro kingdom has called on government to support private not-for-profit hospitals so that they can effectively carryout their services to the population.
Speaking at a fundraiser to launch the construction of an Intensive Care Unit building at Kabarole hospital on Tuesday, the Kingdom’s Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Bernard Tungwako said that private not-for-profit hospitals help to fill the gaps in health sector by treating many people.
He urged the government to always put resources at their disposal whenever the private not-for-profit facilities need them.
Kabarole hospital which is Church of Uganda founded, seeks to collect sh2.5 billion for installation of an oxygen plant.
According to the bishop of Ruwenzori Diocese, Rt. Rev. Reuben Kisembo, the hospital will procure and install a medium size oxygen plant and its components at the facility to address internal oxygen needs and those of the neighboring facilities.
Speaking at the same function the King of Tooro, Dr. Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV, who was the chief guest at the function, directed Tungwaako to use some kingdom resources to help the hospital in setting up the oxygen plant.
Fort Portal regional hospital has been the only facility supplying oxygen to Ruwenzori health facilities, with only a small oxygen plant capable of filling 15 cylinder per day.
The Kabarole district LC5 Chairman, Richard Rwabuhinga, appreciated the management of Kabarole hospital for the initiative saying that once established, the oxygen plant will relieve Fort Portal Regional referral hospital of some of the burden of serving lower level health units with oxygen.
“Each week we hire lorries to pick oxygen cylinders from Mbarara district to add on what fort Portal is able to produce. A new plant at Kabarole hospital will save us that cost,” he said.