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Mbunga Sub County Residents Raise Concern About Lack of Secondary School, Health Centre

The Sub County with a population of 10,908 people has only a single health Centre II located in Mbuga parish. The sub-county also has only two government primary schools and lacking a single secondary school.
Kazimoto a resident of Mbunga belives the absence of a secondary school has aided early marriages

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Residents of Mbunga Sub-county Kasese District have raised concerns about the absence of a health facility and secondary school.

The sub county with a population of 10,908 people has a single health Centre II located in Mbunga parish. The sub-county also has only two government primary schools but lacks a single secondary school.

Bernard Kazimoto, a resident says that due to the absence of secondary schools, students are forced to trek long distances to schools in the neighbouring sub-counties which has led to a surge in the school dropout, especially among the girls who can’t continue with secondary education.

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John Kule a resident of Katiiri Hill is concerned with the absence of health centres in the sub-county.  Kule says since Kilembe Hospital relocated to Kasese town, patients in the area are forced to seek treatment from private drug shops.

According to Kule, he paid 30,000 Shillings to transport his son to a medical facility in Kasese town.

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Amos Kambere, another resident says that efforts to solicit for funds to construct a secondary school in Nyakazinga village have failed. He says children are forced to trek long distances to schools in the neighbouring sub-counties.

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Asinet Kabugho from Mburakasaka trading centre says the poor services have taken a toll on mothers like her who often have to carry their children to the hospital for routine medication.

She wants district leaders to upgrade Mbunga Health Center II to a Health Centre III which will improve health services.

“Sometimes we miss immunizing our children because we have no means of travelling to Kasese town,” Kabugo mentioned.

Dr Yusuf Baseka, the Kasese District Health Officer, says that he has submitted a request to the Ministry of Health for the upgrading of Mbunga HCII to Health Centre III.

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Kasese District Education Officer George Mainja says that they submitted a list to the Ministry of Education of areas that require secondary schools and they are yet to respond.