The contractor undertaking the construction of Karuma Hydroelectric Power Station has pledged to construct hospitals to help residents of Karuma community. Chinese construction firm Sinohydro Corporation is undertaking the construction of the 600MW dam.
“In the next 3years, we will commit to construct hospitals and schools worth millions of dollars for the communities which together with Karuma Project will form a significant part of our monument”. Deng Chang-Yi the Deputy Manager of Sino Hydro said.
Deng Chang-Yi was speaking at Karuma Primary school in Northern Uganda during an event at which the Corporation offered free medical care and treatment to hundreds of resident from both banks of Karuma dam.
The medical day, which is part of the Company’s CSR initiatives, saw a team of Chinese Medical Experts including doctors and nurses from China, spend Saturday diagnosing a myriad of ailments and administering treatment to the people of Kamdini and Kiryadongo districts.
Deng Chang-Yi said the Company’s mandate has not ended with construction of the dam but also extended to improving the living conditions of the people around the project area. He added that they have integrated CSR in their operation and strategic planning.
“The neighboring communities have been with us every step of the way. As a gesture of good will and part of our commitment to “give back” to the supporting communities. To date, we have made donations of school supplies and learning materials to Karuma Primary School, drilled boreholes and wells for the Village around Karuma.
We have also renovated several access roads for the adjoining villages and provided road accident rescueincluding the initiation of this Free Medical Service. All these activities are aimed at enhancing our bond and fostering a harmonious environment,” Deng Chang-Yi said.
Isaac Mwesigwa, Uganda Electricity Generation Company limited (UEGCL)’s Sociologist, hailed Sinohydro for the good gesture of providing free medical services to communities but urged them to keep it in regular basis.
He said government is working on a Community Development Action Plan that will see most of the health centers in both banks of the project upgraded. Chu Mao Ming, the Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda said the Free Medical Day was a demonstration of the cordial relationship Uganda has with the People’s Republic of China.