The Leadership of Kasese district has also appealed to its partner Malteser International to donate the district with a functional class B ambulance in response to emergencies.
Malteser International has been one of the emergency responders and relief providers since the onset of the 7th May 2020 flash floods, offering mult-sectoral support to vulnerable flood, and landslide victims in the district.
Kasese district has continuously year in year as in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020 and 2021 has continuously experienced repeated floods and landslides as a result of heavy rains that have led to the breaking of soils and banks of major rivers of Nyamwamba, Lhubiriha, Mubuku and Nyamugasana among others.
During these emergencies many people including Children, women and persons with disabilities have been affected.
According to Dr. Yusuf Baseke the District Health Officer – DHO Kasese, the flooding of major rivers across the district, medical care services were hampered with after the bridges connecting to health Centers and Hospitals were swept away. However, he says they are grateful that Malteser responded by providing emergency services by building capacity in health facilities through the training of health workers on how to respond to emergencies.
During the meeting with the district stakeholders, Emergency Medical Technicians and the Top Directors of Malteser International on Thursday at Rwenzori International Hotel in Kasese town shortly after
visiting the areas where their projects are being implemented, speaker was advocating for a functional class B ambulance.
The District Administrative Officer, Mr. Amis Asuman Masereka, echoed the need for a well-equipped and standard ambulance if they are to save lives of the many during emergencies. He gave an experience where
he has concurrently lost three people due to lack of a well quipped ambulance.
Asuman said that most of the ambulances in the district were are not versed to the standard of an ambulance saying their inside medical care were minimal.
According to Laura Beutler the Technical Coordinator emergency medical service program Malteser International, when they had of the floods last year, they came on board and trained a big team of Emergency Medical Technicians and today they were in the district to
follow up and see how far the project has reached and see what are the needs so that they are able to switch to the second project.
Responding to the district’s outcry of the ambulance, the Laura said that according to their assessment, the need for an ambulance in the district is very big need, and that as Malteser will make sure that with in their second project would secure funding for the vehicle.
However, she said that this would depend on the funding of their donor. Laura was grateful on how the project of Emergency Medical Technicians-EMT has been implemented saying that there has been a lot
“There has been over 200 successful delivered babies under the care the EMT members of which 11 babies were delivered in the ambulances. We have saved many
people who had difficulties in breathing,” she noted.
She also said that during the first phase, they concentrated on the training of health workers on
how to respond to emergencies and that in the second phase, they will be able to buy equipments.