Kasese Diocese Hands Over Kilembe Hospital Medical Equipment

The equipment included, an ambulance, beds, oxygen cylinders, artery forceps, generator, sterilization drum, and motorcycles, among others.
The Bishop of Kasese Diocese, Bishop Francis Aquirinus Kibira handing over the equipments

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Kasese Catholic Diocese has handed back medical equipment belonging to Kilembe Mines Hospital.

After floods destroyed major structures at Kilembe Mines Hospital in Bulembia Division, the medical equipment was temporarily shifted to St. Mary’s Hospital which is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Kasese.

The Tri-partite arrangement that was signed in 1995 between the Government of Uganda, Kilembe Mines Ltd, and Kasese Catholic Diocese came to an end in April.

The Ministry of Health then directed the diocese to hand over all government-supplied equipment since the agreement had come to an end.

On Thursday, the Bishop of Kasese Diocese Rt. Rev Francis Aquirinus Kibira handed over the equipment to the Chief Administrative Officer and Dr. Kalisa Kyebambe, who represented the Ministry of Health.

The equipment included, an ambulance, beds, oxygen cylinders, artery forceps, generator, mattresses, dental compressor, sterilization drum, and motorcycles, among others.

Bishop Kibira said that the diocese was willing and committed to collaborating with the Ministry of Health and the leadership of Kasese District to ensure the population continues receiving quality health services.

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Dr. Kyebambe, said that the government was pleased that the diocese managed to keep the equipment even after the end of the agreement. He added that the government is still committed to working with private partners to ensure better health services.

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Edson Kambere working with Kilembe Mines said they managed to re-open Kilembe mines hospital adjacent to the old facility adding that since April they have so far worked on over 3,000 patients.

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The Kasese District Chief Administrative Officer Asuman Amis Masereka said the equipment will soon be transferred to Kilembe mine hospital to improve its services.

He also said that Kasese district local government still wants to cooperate with the diocese at different levels to ensure the most vulnerable are able to access health services.

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Joy Masika from Bulembia in Kilembe Sub County hopes that the equipment will improve services at the facility.  She says they have been moving long distances to access some services due to the absence of specialized equipment.