By Obed Kithende
KAMPALA: A section of leaders from Kasese district on Thursday met the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja over deactivation of services at Kilembe Mines Hospital.
As a result of the meeting, the prime minister assured them of meeting again next week on Tuesday to harmonize the matter.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine wrote to the Executive Director of Joint Medical Stores on December 2, 2022, asking for the deactivation of Kilembe Mines Hospital from the list of facilities that qualify for essential medicines and health supplies.
According to the communication, the hospital had failed to utilize funds for essential medicines and health supplies during the first quarter of the financial year 2022/23 covering the period between July and September 2022.
The facility has been getting an annual allocation of about 354 million Shillings.
The Ministry however, directed that the money should be reallocated to other facilities at HC III, HC IV and hospital levels in both in Kasese district and Kasese municipality, a decision which has sparked angry reactions from different district leaders questioning the intention and basis under which it was made.
This left Kasese leaders unsettled thus prompting the Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament Hon. Florence Kabugho wrote to the prime minister seeking her intervention.
She however disclosed that the prime minister was very positive on the assurance of reactivating services at the Kilembe Mines Hospital.
”The prime minister has supported the idea of reactivating Medical supplies at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese Municipality,” Kabugho said.
Kilembe Mines Hospital serves a population of over 187,000 from Kilembe sub county, neighboring sub counties of Nyakabingo, Mbunga, Mhanago, Bulembia among others.
The above neighboring sub counties don’t have health facilities as per government’s policy for sub counties to have health centre III’s.
Kilembe Mines Hospital is the only facility serving those communities, Kabugho says that should this directive be implemented, there will be a health service crisis in Kilembe sub county and the neighbouring areas.