Voters in Kalangala district want candidates contesting for
different elective positions to improve the road network, improve sanitation
and construct a district hospital.
According to the 2014 national census, Kalangala had an estimated population of 70,800
people. The district is also made up of 84 islands with 2 counties- Kyamuswa
and Bujumba, 7 sub-counties, 17 parishes and 105 villages.
However, seven out of the 84 islands have health facilities.
Nalongo Locas, a resident of Bunyama Island, says there are over
400 residents in the island but there is only one toilet at the landing site
and one public primary school on the island, which is over 8km away from the
Kagonya Landing site.
She also adds that the absence of a public health centre on the
island has resulted in high transport costs to the health centers IV in
Kalangala Town council. She says that since some residents can’t afford the
costs, patients die before reaching the health facility on Buggala island.
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Uthman Mukiibi, a resident of Bukasa, says that although the
island has a health centre III, they need a water ambulance that will provide
emergency medical care in the island and surrounding islands.
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Judith Nalubega, a resident of Bunyama Island says that the politicians focus
on addressing the needs of the electorate rather than bribe voters.
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Joseph Lwanga, the LCI Chairman Mwena Village says the landing
site has 700 residents but they all use one toilet.
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Nalongo Locas and other residents from Buggala, Bukasa and Bunyama
Islands also want the ministry of health to upgrade Kalangala health centre IV
to a district hospital.
Willy Lugoloobi, Kalangala LC V Chairperson, says that President
Yoweri Museveni pledged last year that the district would get a hospital,
however it remains unfulfilled.
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Lugoloobi, however, says the district council has been reminding
the central government about the other unfulfilled presidential pledges in vain.