By Sophan Niwamanya
Bank of Uganda has today handed over Hamurwa health center IV renovated maternity ward facility and medical equipment to Rubanda district officials.
The medical equipment includes Ultra Sound Scan, Complete Blood Count (CBC) machine, 15 beds and mattresses, hand washing equipment, Gloves, Liquid soaps among others.
Michael Atingi-Ego the Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda speaking during the handover function held at Hamurwa sub-county headquarters was leading the team from the BoU in handing over this improved health center following the extension and renovation of the maternity ward, the renovation of the post-natal ward, and the construction of a covered walkway from the theatre to the maternity ward.
The Bank is also donating medical equipment and supplies together with hand washing equipment, soap, and sanitizer, among other items, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
He added that planted trees and flowers for shade, fruit, and greening the environment as well as to aid the global campaign for reforestation to reduce global warming and climate change.
Micheal said that Today’s ceremony is the crowning point of the joint efforts of the BoU and Rubanda District to rehabilitate Hamurwa Health Centre IV. This outreach was inspired by the commemoration of the central bank’s Golden Jubilee in 2016. The BoU staff joined well-wishers and stakeholders in a charity walk to raise funds for aiding maternal and child health in the communities that host the central bank’s branches across the country. This is because every woman has a right to give birth in a well-equipped health facility.
He further appealed to the leaders of Rubanda to drive every household to produce goods and services that are deliberately intended for sale in the markets to earn money and exit from subsistence production.
The BoU Secretary Mrs. Susan W. Kanyemibwa, This is therefore my humble appeal to the mothers in our community to fully utilize the renovated facilities.
The Hamurwa health center in charge, Dr. Justus Atuheire commended Hon Musasizi for lobbying the initiative and promised that the staff is going to do their best in serving the community and other neighboring Districts that use the facility.
Henry Musasizi Ariganyira the state minister of finance in charge of General duties who doubles as the Member of Parliament Rubanda East in his address expressed his gratitude to the BoU for extending the maternity ward and medical equipment which he described as an extraordinary achievement in the district.
Musasizi promised to work upon Nyamweru health center III as the next project and Muko health center IV to be a district hospital in the next financial year.
The function was attended by BoU Officials, Rubanda district leaders and other dignitaries.