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Catholic Diocese of Kasese officially hands over Kilembe Mines Hospital equipment

By Obed Kithende

The Catholic Diocese of Kasese has officially handed over Kilembe Mines Hospital equipments to the Ministry of Health.

The handover function was held on Thursday at Mt. St. Mary’s Hospital, a catholic owned private health facility in Kasese town. Among the handed equipments are 50 beds, 09 oxygen concentrators, 50 artery forceps small, 50 artery forceps long, 30 mattresses and an Ambulance registration number UAY 621Y.

Addressing delegates from the Health Ministry, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kasese, Rt. Rev. Acquirinus Kibira hailed the government of Uganda for the total cooperation for the 41 years since the Roman Catholic Church has administered and managed Kilembe Mines hospital since 1981.

In May 2020, River Nyamwamba bust its banks and destroyed the facility, forcing the district health department to seek safety of the equipments that survived being swept by the floods to Catholic Diocese of Kasese premises.

Amis Masereka Asuman, the Kasese District Chief Administrative Officer, thanked the Catholic Diocese of Kasese for their sincere love towards the government through their efforts of securing and providing security to the equipments since the 2020 floods.

Dr. Oscar Kalisa, a representative from the Ministry of Health said that the Ministry was going to give total support to the facility for service delivery.

Lt. Maate Magwara, the Kasese  Deputy Resident District Commissioner in-charge of Bukonzo County said the government was very much ready to improve the standards of the facility and ensure service delivery to the community. 

Ferigo Kambale, the Kasese Municipality Member of Parliament revealed that taking back Kilembe Mines Hospital equipments was a sign of extending services nearer to the people especially those in Kilembe, Mbunga, Rukooki and Nyakabingo sub-counties in Busongora County South among others.

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