RUKUNGIRI: Extension of maternity ward at Bugangari Health Center IV excites residents

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The launching of extension of maternity ward at Bugangari Health (IV) in Bugangari Sub County Rukungiri district excited residents on 10th November 2023.

Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen, the Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner (RDC), and other district officials launched the construction exercise.

In an effort to reduce infant mortality in the area, the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) provided funding for the addition of the Ugx. 173M maternity wing where Rwenkurijo Constructions Company Limited will carry out the construction work.

The development comes at a time when the number of expectant mothers turning up at the facility to deliver is overwhelming.

After the extension, the new maternity wing at Bugangari Health Center IV can house 39 women, compared to the previous maternity ward’s capacity of just nine.

Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner Nsubuga Bewayo Steven gave a speech during the construction launch, expressing thanks for the facility’s construction and emphasizing how the increase in bed capacity from nine to thirty-nine when completion will be very beneficial.

Bewayo urged workers at Bugangari Health Centre (IV) to place a high value on cooperation, just as local legislators and district leadership do, as this will enable them to provide high-quality services to the public.

He also advised the contractor to make sure that he completes work to a high standard and to meet the deadline.

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Hon. Midius Natukunda Kaharata, the woman Member of Parliament for Rukungiri district requested the local leaders and people to take ownership of the facility by overseeing and monitoring the construction process, stating that it is being constructed for their benefit.

According to Hon. Natukunda, communities that have these amenities typically grow faster since their citizens don’t have to spend a lot of money traveling great distances in search of better healthcare because they live in a disease-free environment.

Additionally, she urged the medical staff to treat expecting mothers with respect, pointing them that God called them to be of tremendous service.

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Rukungiri Chairperson LC5, Kyomukama Geoffrey, praised the government for financing the maternity ward’s development and emphasized the importance of the facility as a fundamental service in the community.

He advised sensible family planning and warned women not to abuse care services.

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Residents of Bugangari expressed concern during the construction launch that they lacked an ambulance for patient transportation. In response, Mr. Isaac Kaharuza, the Political Assistant for Hon. Maj. Gen. Jim Katugugu Muhwezi, the Member of Parliament for Rujumbura County, assured them that Minister Muhwezi had already reserved one from the Ministry of Health and that they would receive it shortly.

The contractor of the project, Mr. Mugiri Frank, promised that they would complete the construction of a superior structure within the allotted period.

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Some locals couldn’t contain their excitement over the maternity wing enlargement, claiming that better health care delivery will lower the death rates of mothers and newborns.

A large portion of the population from the Sub Counties of Bugangari, Bikurungu Town Council, Bwambara Sub County, and some areas of Kanungu District are served by the government-funded Bugangari Health Center IV.