BY George Busiinge
Hoima district health department has challenged Hoima district Woman MP Tophus Kaahwa and Buhaguzi County MP Dan Muheirwe to remind president Museveni about his pledge of buying an ambulance for Buhaguzi health sub-district.
Last year, Hoima district partnered with Theta Uganda to fundraise for a Sh200m ambulance, which will be stationed at Kikuube Health Center IV in Buhaguzi County. But, the Hoima district heath inspector Fredrick Byenume told journalists that the campaign was halted after President Museveni during his campaign rally in Kizirafumbi Sub County early this year pledged to buy an ambulance for the area.
Byenume says there is need for the area MPs to remind the president about the pledge. Many mothers in Hoima district villages struggle to access health facilities during delivery whereby others board small cars which delays them on the way and they end up delivering on the side of the road.
Early this year one mother delivered on the roadside near Kobil petrol station approaching Hoima referral hospital. The lucky woman delivered before reaching the Hospital in a small car which they had hired.
Some women die or lose their newborns due to delays in reaching health centers. Hoima is one of the districts with high maternal mortality rates. Dan Muhairwe the Buhaguzi County MP says that he submitted the matter to the parliamentary committee on Government Assurances.
The committee was set up to scrutinize the assurances, promises and undertakings given by ministers and other agents of government in Parliament from time to time and report on the extent to which those assurances, promises and undertakings have been implemented.
However, Muhairwe blamed the district for halting the fundraising drive saying that the promise of president to buy the Ambulance did not mean that the exercise be halted. By the time the campaign was halted the drive, over sh10 million had been realized.