The five vehicles all Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series, were delivered on Monday at the office of the Entebbe Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Njuki Mbabali, to transport members of the general public who need urgent medical attention.
Therefore, each patient will have to refuel the emergency car in order to be transported to the respective medical facilities.
Entebbe Municipal Council does not have money to buy fuel five
emergency vehicles that it received from the Energy Ministry.
The five vehicles all Toyota Land
Cruiser 78 Series, were delivered on Monday at the office of the Entebbe Deputy
Resident District Commissioner, Hajji Njuki Mbabali, to transport members of
the general public who need urgent medical attention.
But the RDC says whoever wants to
use the emergency cars should provide for fuel. Mbabali explained that his
office has not received funds from either the Ministry of Finance, Local
Government or Health to refuel the emergency vehicles.
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One of the drivers of the emergency cars told Uganda Radio
Network-URN that a full fuel tank can be consumed in the range of 4 to 6 trips
between Kampala and Entebbe before the next refill. The Land cruiser 78 series
consumes between 7 to 10.7 litres per 100 kilometres. The distance from the
deputy RDC'S office to Mulago Hospital is about 41 km.
Meanwhile, Mbabali adds that the
vehicles will only operate within Entebbe, Kisubi, Kajjansi and some parts of
Kampala. At the moment, there is a temporary ban on public and private
transport except for essential workers and individuals with medical emergencies.
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In order to curb misuse of the
emergency vehicles, Mbabali says that each of the vehicles will have a police
officer for close monitoring and compliance with guidelines for combatting the
the spread of coronavirus disease-COVID-19.
He is however optimistic that the relevant government
authorities will soon release funds to refuel the emergency vehicles.
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However, some residents of
Entebbe and Katabi who spoke to Uganda Radio Network-URN requested the
government to fuel emergency vehicles. One of those who talked to URN said
that she has already spent 100,000 Shillings to refuel her Spacio in order to
transport her one-week-old baby to Mulago Specialized Hospital.
Another patient, Mark Musumba
says he paid 30,000 Shillings to be transported to International Hospital