Catholic Diocese has handed back medical equipment belonging to Kilembe Mines Hospital.
After floods destroyed major structures at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Bulembia
Division, the medical equipment was temporarily shifted to St. Mary’s Hospital
which is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Kasese.
Tri-partite arrangement that was signed in 1995 between the Government of
Uganda, Kilembe Mines Ltd, and Kasese Catholic Diocese came to an end in April.
of Health then directed the diocese to hand over all government-supplied
equipment since the agreement had come to an end.
the Bishop of Kasese Diocese Rt. Rev Francis Aquirinus Kibira handed over the equipment
to the Chief Administrative Officer and Dr. Kalisa Kyebambe, who represented
the Ministry of Health.
equipment included, an ambulance, beds, oxygen cylinders, artery forceps,
generator, mattresses, dental compressor, sterilization drum, and motorcycles, among
Kibira said that the diocese was willing and committed to collaborating with the
Ministry of Health and the leadership of Kasese District to ensure the population continues receiving quality health services.
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Dr. Kyebambe, said that the government was pleased that the diocese managed to
keep the equipment even after the end of the agreement. He added that the
government is still committed to working with private partners to ensure better
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Kambere working with Kilembe Mines said they managed to re-open Kilembe mines
hospital adjacent to the old facility adding that since April they have so far
worked on over 3,000 patients.
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The Kasese District
Chief Administrative Officer Asuman Amis Masereka said the equipment will soon
be transferred to Kilembe mine hospital to improve its services.
He also said
that Kasese district local government still wants to cooperate with the diocese
at different levels to ensure the most vulnerable are able to access health
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Joy Masika from
Bulembia in Kilembe Sub County hopes that the equipment will improve services
at the facility. She says they have been moving long distances to access
some services due to the absence of specialized equipment.