BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
BULIISA: TUESDAY, OCTOBER, 05, 2021
Following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in the world, many members of parliament have boosted the work of the ministry of health through procuring ambulances for their constituencies.
In Bunyoro sub-region, Allan Atugonza, the Member of Parliament for Buliisa constituency was among the legislators who bought ambulance to help the people.
He also bought two delivery beds for Bugoigo health centre and donated relief items to Buliisa flood affected people.
Residents say that they see the ambulance transporting patients to Hoima regional referral hospital three to four times every day.
David Oryema, a resident of Nyamasoga in Biiso sub-county attests that since the ambulance was procured last month, it has saved many lives in the district.
“I always see it evacuating patients to Hoima Regional Referral hospital more than four times a day, and I believe the people of Buliisa are appreciating it,” he said.
The remote Buliisa district which had only one functional ambulance was crippling with the burden of evacuation of patients to other referrals including Buliisa district general hospital, Hoima regional referral hospital and others.
According to Kenneth Atugonza, a mechanic in Buliisa Town Council, the ambulance is doing a great work in the district.
He said the legislator procured an ambulance at the right time since the deadly coronavirus pandemic has hit hard the health sector, affecting medical services in general.
“I believe in 2026, Hon. Atugonza will be re-elected back to parliament as a way of appreciating his contribution,” he opined.
Before joining active politics, Hon. Atugonza said he realized the need for Buliisa to have another ambulance to supplement on the existing one.
He went ahead to stake that pledge during the primary election campaigns and after winning the seat, fulfilling that promise became more apparent when Covid-19 pandemic strained the health sector.
This has reduced the risk of losing lives due to evacuation problems. Currently, Hon. Atugonza is fueling the ambulance, servicing it, and also paying the driver.