Kabale Regional Referral Hospital has finally received a New Board of Governors after operating without a board for the past 9 months affecting so many decisions.
The appointment of the new board chaired by Dr Anania Muhunde comes 9 months after the expiring of the board chaired by Dr Francis Mwesigye Runumi that expired in December 2020.
Other members have been selected to represent all the 6 districts of Kigezi region other board members are Dr Sophie Namasopo , the hospital director who serves as the board secretary , Dr Patrick Tusiime, Dr Sam Tumwesigire Dean of the Medical faculty at Kabale University , Kenneth Mutungi a lawyer , Alfred Besigensi the Kabale District Acting District health officer , Sarah Mulongo, Rodney Tabaruka Tibaruha a pharmacist , Dr Patrick Tusiime a Commissioner in Ministry of Health, Rita Elizabeth Byiringiro, and Zachary Bigirimana, Florence Lamunu okello
The new board members were sworn in by the Kabale Grade I Magistrate Isaac Rukundo at an event officiated by the General Duties Health State Minister Hanifa Bangirana Kawooya at Cephas Inn in Kabale on Monday. 9
The board is mandated with overseeing the smooth operations of the hospital and staff supervision.
Dr Namasopo the hospital director, says that the hospital even though they have made some achievements inspire of inadequate funds they have managed to build an intern complex where they are in the finishing stage as she is optimistic that by next financial year they will have finished it but they are also faced with challenge of very big number of covid 19 cases as current they have 45 patients in admission and still grappling with Inadequate wages and retention of staff especially the specialists has been challenge we propose that the top of allowances to these cadres be considered, and also the hospital is also faced with challenge of encroachment of hospital land which she says that she is optimistic that the mew bard will be able to solve.
“My prayer is that the ministry of finance increases the budget especially for wages, medicines and supplies with the recent increment of lunch allowances we are grateful to the government as this has been a motivation to the health workers “.said Dr Namasopo.
Hanifa Bangirana Kawooya the General Duties Health State Minister asked the new board to strengthen management and governance systems at the hospital for the good of the community.
On his part, Dr Ananias Muhunde, the new board chairperson pledged to ensure transparency in managing the hospital resources, strong collaboration with health partners and build trust and confidence among the hospital clientele.
The new board will serve a five -year renewable term, which kicked off shortly after the members took their oath of service. There is one vacant post on the board yet to the filled after the person that was appointed is yet to accept the appointment.