BUKEDEA EARMARKS SH2.1B TO UPGRADE HEALTH CENTRE

An ambulance that was donated for Kachumbala County by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among

BY DAVID WRITE

BUKEDEA: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021

Bukedea district council has earmarked sh2.1b in the coming financial year to upgrade Kachumbala health centre III to grade IV health facility.

This was revealed by the chief administrative officer Bukedea, Joseph Mukasa, on Friday during a district budget conference.

The conference was attended by members of the public, the private sector, civil servants and elected district officials.

Stephen Ongaba, the district planning officer told participants in the conference that Kachumbala county has nearly 80,000 people and accessing medical attention is always difficult as Kachumbala Health Centre III is the only available health facility for the county.

Alongside upgrading of the health unit, the council has planned to operationalize all health centre II at the parishes that will be functioning at the level of health centre III.

The district chairperson, Moses Olemulan, in his speech reiterated of their plans to operationalize all the grade II health facilities in the remote parishes of Apopong, kocheka, Aminit and Nalugai which were built 16 years ago.

He said the delay to make the health centres functional was due to the failure by the district to afford the wage bill of staff members.

“We no longer want to see our expectant mothers travel long distances to deliver when we have built health centre close to the people,” said Olemukan.

He disclosed that the staff have already been recruited and posted facilities and that medicines are in stock for use by patients.

Recently, the Deputy Speaker and Woman Member of Parliament for Bukedea district, Anita Among donated an ambulance to serve Kachumbala County.

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