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Njeru Municipal Ambulance Grounded

Docus Musimenta, a resident of Mbikko, says the ambulance had improved health service delivery especially in terms of responding to emergencies.
Njeru municipality ambulance grounded for four months.

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The ambulance that the Health Ministry donated to Njeru municipality in July last year is grounded.   The Njeru Municipal Health Secretary, Flavia Kwagala Musubika, says the ambulance has been grounded for the last four months.   

According to Musubika, the ambulance registration number UG 4648M is need of repairs and servicing.  Musibuka says patients especially accident victims are the most affected by the breakdown of the ambulance. 

“Hiring a private ambulance is too expensive for patients in our community and may require them pay between Shillings 60,000 to 100,000 to transport them to their intended destinations,” Musubika explains. 

She says residents within the municipality used to pay less than Shillings 50, 000 to use the ambulance. 

Docus Musimenta, a resident of Mbikko, says the ambulance had improved health service delivery especially in terms of responding to emergencies. 

She says even in the absence of emergencies, the ambulance needs to be functional since none can predict tragic moments. 

David Muliisa, another resident wonders why the ambulance broke down after working for less than a year.  

He says immediate steps should be taken to fix the ambulance to serve its intended purpose since it has been key in responding to emergencies especially in Mabira forest. 

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Yasin Kyazze, the Mayor Njeru municipality, says they have been constrained to repair the ambulance because of the lengthy government procurement process.

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