The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has urged the leadership of the new District of Kagadi to work closely with the central government for proper planning and acquisition of resources to address some of the challenges facing Kagadi hospital including the proposal to elevate the hospital to a regional referral centre.
The Premier made the remarks while visiting Kagadi hospital to assess the status of service delivery in the hospital. The hospital has for the last two financial years received 800 million shillings for renovation.
Dr Rugunda also commended the Development Partners who are supporting the hospital to deliver health services, adding that government should have a plan to fill the gap once the support by the partners comes to an end.
The Medical Superintendent, Kagadi hospital Dr Kakibogo Isaac said the hospital established in 1968 with a capacity of 100 beds faces a number of challenges including inadequate staffing and inadequate funding.
“The biggest asset the hospital has is land for expansion but it urgently needs surveying, titling and fencing to protect it from encroachment,” said Kakibogo.
While in Kagadi Dr Rugunda who was accompanied by the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija also presided over a thanksgiving ceremony for the Member of Parliament for Buyaga East Constituency in Kagadi District Musana Eric Acaali at Kagadi model play grounds.
Rugunda applauded the people of Kagadi for consistently supporting NRM and President Yoweri Museveni. He thanked them for choosing good Members of Parliament who support NRM and are also development oriented.
He said the people Kagadi had started reaping from their investment in the NRM government as seen from construction of major roads in the region such as the Mubende-Kakumiro-Kibale-Kagadi which are now undergoing major upgrade to bitumen.
He urged the people of Kagadi District and other parts of the country to restrain themselves from unnecessary confrontations during consultations on amending article 102 (b) of the Constitution.
Dr Rugunda said democracy requires that people are tolerant to each other even when they don’t agree on some issues.
He also assured them that plans are under way to extend piped water to Kagadi among other developments.
On this occasion, Dr Rugunda also handed over an ambulance donated by the Buyaga East Member of Parliament to Kagadi District Local Government leadership to improve ambulance services in the district.
The Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic development, Matia Kasaija on his part congratulated the people of Kagadi for acquiring a district status, adding that they should use it to develop the area.
He said many development projects are under way urging them to continue supporting NRM and President Museveni.
Kasaija urged leaders at all levels to sensitize people and encourage them to participate in the forth-coming LC I elections next month.
The Member of Parliament for Buyaga East, Musana Eric Acaali who was accompanied by other Members of Parliament thanked government for supporting development projects in the district. He also asked government to consider upgrading Kagadi hospital to a referral hospital centre.
The District Chairperson, Byaruhanga Stephen said his district support the amendment of article 102 (b) of the Constitution and also thanked government for supporting development projects in the District.
Tuesday, November 30, 2017