By Joackim Masereka
The leadership of Kasese Municipality has set March 15, 2022 as the official date on which it will shift Kilembe Mines Hospital to its original premises in Namhuga Ward of Bulembia Division.
In May 2020, some key structures at Kilembe Mines Hospital were destroyed by stray floods from River Nyamwamba when it burst its banks, forcing the hospital management to temporarily shift it to St. Michael Kindergarten and Social services Centre belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Kasese in Kasese town.
On Tuesday, the Kasese Municipality Mayor visited the proposed site in Bulembia Division and assured the residents that the facility would be shifted back to their area in an attempt to solve the challenge of lack of medical services that they have been facing ever since the facility was shifted to Kasese town.
John Lyahinda, the Bulembia Division Vice Chairperson, stressed that there was no need for the facility to keep operating in Kasese town that is served with many health facilities. According to him, Kilembe Mines Limited has donated over 150 concrete poles that they would use to erect a temporally fence around the proposed premises.
John Balikwisa, the Local Council I Chairperson of Namuhuga Cell, explained that their demand to have the facility back to their area follows the loss of lives in the process of transporting them to the current site Fabesi Ithungu, Rose Kyalisima and Agnes Biira, some of the residents who had thronged the proposed site to make some general cleanliness told our reporter they expectant mothers from the hilly areas have been unsafely delivering on their way to the facility that is currently operating from Kasese town, a reason why they want it shifted to the nearby area.