BY DUNCAN MUGISHA
KABALE: Friday, August 06, 2021
There is excitement among the residents of the newly created Kahungye sub-county in Ndorwa West constituency, Kabale District following the completion of Buramba health centre III, a new upgrade from a health centre II.
“We are gladto have a new health centre. This is going to spare us from the burden of walking more than 30km up to Kabale hospital to access healthcare,” Jane Ampaire, one of the exuberant residents who witnessed the handover said.
The facility now has new buildings for maternity ward and clinical officer’s residence.
In December 2019, SAGM Technical Services was contracted to construct Buramba health Center at sh560m in order to prepare for the upgrade.
The area Member of Parliament, David Bahati, offered additional sh30m to acquire the land for the health center.
Jack Mumvaneeza, a member of the health centre management committee, described the upgraded facility as a relief to Kahungye people, saying that they have suffered enough while travelling long distances to health centers like in Lyakarimira and Kabale town.
“At first I had thought it was a joke, to see an MP promising to get money out of his pocket to buy land for a public health centre but the man paid the money and we bought land. We are happy as Kahungye people,” Mumvaneeza said in reference to Bahati.
In response, Bahati who is also the minister of state for trade and industry said his gesture was meant to contribute towards achieving the vision of the government to make health service accessible to the people.
“The NRM government under the leadership of President Yoweri Museveni wants to see services reaching Ugandans and it’s his promise that he will never take the Ndorwa West’s support for granted,” he reiterated, adding that all sub-counties in the constituency will have health center IIIs.
Bahati declared to a jubilant group of community representatives that he is an advocate for maternal health, more so because he lost his mother while he was just three years old as she was delivering his younger brother.