BY AMBROSE KWERONDA
RUBANDA: Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The Bank of Uganda (BoU) is supporting infrastructural development at Hamurwa Health Centre IV in Rubanda district, Western Uganda.
The project which was initially budgeted at sh200 million for the expansion of the maternity ward was later increased to sh330 million after the BoU found out that the health facility lacked a walkway to transfer expectant mothers from the maternity ward to the theater.
The renovation of the post operation ward which had cracks in the wall and floor was also added.
The construction and renovation started last year and is expected to be completed and handed over for community use next month.
The Rubanda East Member of Parliament, Henry Musasizi Ariganyira, has commended the work done by the BoU to support infrastructural development at Hamurwa Health Centre IV saying this will greatly contribute towards improving health service delivery at the unit.
The politician revealed that he lobbied for the project while he was still the chairperson for the parliamentary finance committee.
He encouraged the officer in-charge of the health facility to prepare another write-up listing down all other financial challenges affecting the health facility.
Musasizi who is also the State Minister for Finance (general duties) also asked Rubanda district council to utilize his position in the ministry by forwarding to him all the unfunded priorities that need urgent attention from the government.
Dr. Abdon Birungi, the Rubanda district health officer intimated that the district contracted Redstone Holdings and Geses Uganda to work on the construction project.
He said the district also contributed funds for external renovation works on the post operation ward.
Alpha Aine, the Redstone Holdings Ltd director explained that Construction of the walkway was complete while the maternity ward extension is also nearing completion.
He said the post operation ward renovation was finished, and that they would also plant grass to green the compound.
Susan Kanyemibwa, the Board Secretary for Bank of Uganda, who represented Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, said funding for the project was part of the money set aside for corporate social responsibility that BoU extended to all districts hosting its branches in order to celebrate 50 years of distinguished service to the Ugandan economy.
However, Kanyemibwa confirmed that Hamurwa HCIV received more funding because of the request placed by Musasizi who was their supervisor as parliamentary finance committee chairperson.
Hamurwa HCIV serves as a referral for 13 health centres in Rubanda East constituency while Muko HCIV serves Rubanda West Constituency.