By Sophan Niwamanya
The Bank of Uganda today handed over the completed Mutebile Maternity Block at Rubaya Health Centre IV in Lyakarimira town council to Kabale District Authorities, which was built to promote maternal and child health care.
The block was named “Mutebile Block” in honor and memory of the late Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile, who started this initiative of rehabilitating and constructing structures at different health facilities in the country as part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility.
The block comprises several pieces of medical equipment, including 15 patient beds, 15 mattresses, an ultrasound scan machine, a patient stretcher, a patient monitor, an oxygen concentrator, an implant removal set, hand washing facilities, and face shields, among others. The medical officer at Rubaya Health Center IV, Dr. Denis Masiko, said that since June to November this year, they delivered 356 mothers, and 208 of them delivered normally, while 76 women underwent cesarean sections. On a monthly basis, they deliver an average of 76 mothers.
The Kabale District Health Officer, Dr. Gilbert Arineitwe Mateeka, said that the facility’s opening comes as a relief because the facility has been overwhelmed by patients since it serves over 600 people monthly and lacks enough structures and equipment.
The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Uganda, Dr Michael Atingi-Eg, stated during the official handover of the structure on the facility grounds that the late Mutebile’s initiative of constructing structures at health facilities began in 2016 and has already reached out to nine districts in the country with the intention of reducing maternal and infant mortality.Dr. Atingi-Eg asked the married couples to embrace family planning because a high population will cause financial crises in the country.
The State Minister for Trade, Industry, and Cooperatives, David Bahati, who was also the Ndorwa West Member of Parliament, commended the Bank of Uganda for establishing the structure at Rubaya H/C IV and naming it the Late Mutebile Hospital, adding that he will be remembered for championing the improvement of the health sector in the country. He further reminded the people to always go to their respective health facilities for medical check-ups because prevention is better than cure.