By Obed Kithende
KASESE: Kasese District Woman Member of Parliament Hon Florence Kabugho has written to the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon.Robinah Nabbanja for an urgent intervention in the matter of Kilembe Mines Hospital.
According to the letter seen by UGReports, the member of parliament is seeking for the prime minister’s urgent intervention into the matter following the ministry of health directive for the deactivation and relocation of services from Kilembe Mines Hospital to other health facilities.
The letter written by the permanent secretary at ministry of health dated 02nd December 2022 directed the chief administrative officer of Kasese to deactivate and relocate the services of kilembe mines hospital to other health facilities.
Sources at Kilembe Mines Hospital disclose that the hospital serves a population of over 187,000 from Kasese district and the neighboring areas.
Nyakabingo, Mbunga, Mhanago, Bulembia among other sub counties don’t have heath facilities yet it’s a policy of the government to have health center IIIs in every sub- county.
Kilembe Mines Hospital is the only facility serving those communities.
According to Kabugho, if the directive is implemented, there shall be a health service crisis in the Kilembe sub county and the neighbouring areas.
She says the purpose of the letter is to seek the prime minister’s intervention by directing the ministry of health to cancel the process of deactivating Kilembe mines hospital until they provide a mechanism of providing health services to the affected communities.
Deactivation of services at Kilembe Mines Hospital
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.