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MUSEVENI RALLIES RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO MOBILIZE FOR PARISH DEVELOPMENT MODEL

Prime Ministe Robinah Nabbanja and Hoima diocese officials unveil the foundation stone for the specialized hospital

BY CHRIS FRANK

HOIMA: MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022

President Yoweri Museveni has tasked religious leaders to mobilize their parishioners to embrace the Parish Developmental Model Program that is currently being rolled out in the country.

The call was part of his message during the groundbreaking ceremony and fundraising drive for the construction of St Mary’s Women and Children’s Specialized Hospital at Bujumbura Cathedral, in Hoima.

The proposed multi-billion St Mary’s Children and Women specialized hospital will be situated on Bujumbura hill in Hoima City West division, on a 7-acre piece of land belonging to Hoima diocese.

Upon completion, the facility will comprise of specialized pediatric, antenatal, gynecology, emergency, and radiology, physiotherapy, and theatre wings with a capacity of 272 beds.

Referring to the program as a game-changer that will enable Ugandans to transform from subsistence to a money economy, Museveni said that religious leaders can play a pivotal role in sensitizing citizens to get out of poverty.

He added that the government considered the Parish Development Model initiative in order to create wealth and jobs through industrialization, services, Information and Communication Technology and modernization of Agriculture.

His message was delivered by Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Robinah Nabbanja.

Museveni applauded the Bishop of Hoima Catholic Diocese for the decision to establish a specialized health facility saying it will help to boost health service delivery in Bunyoro and the country.

The President contributed sh300m towards the construction of the health facility.

Hoima diocese is sourcing for sh40b for the construction of the hospital and of this, at least sh11b was realized both in cash and pledges during the fundraiser last week.

Rev Fr Dominic Ndugwa, the Chancellor of Hoima Catholic Diocese, says that they intend to collect the money from donations from friends of the diocese both within and abroad, Non-governmental organizations operating in the oil rich region, business community, Christians and area leaders.

Rt Rev Vincent Kirabo, the Bishop of Hoima Catholic Diocese called on people from different parts of the country to generously contribute towards the construction of the health facility so that it is finished in the shortest time possible to offer a holistic health service in the region.

He said that currently there are many people flocking to the region for jobs in the oil and gas sector, creating a need for more health facilities to supplement the already overwhelmed Hoima Regional Referral Hospital.

Fr Devis Musiime, the coordinator of the project, explained that the construction of the five-storied facility will be in phases, lasting for a period of seven years.

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