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Obongi Residents Decide to Fundraise for Health Centre Ambulance

Residents of Obongi County in Moyo district have launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds to buy an ambulance for the health centre IV after waiting for government to purchase one in vain.

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Residents of Obongi County in Moyo district have launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds to buy an ambulance for the health centre IV after waiting for government to purchase one in vain.

 

The fundraising that was launched by their area Member of Parliament (MP) Hassan Fungaroo. This followed a meeting among residents who resolved that each resident contributes 500 shillings towards its purchase.  The resolution was reached during the fourth planning meeting for Obongi day.

 

Obongi day is an annual event organized by the locals. The day is used to evaluate developments in the county and plan for the next year. This year's Obongi day year will be marked on 15th of November.

 

MP Hassan Fungaroo says his electorate reached this conclusion after campaigning for three years to get an ambulance for their health centre.

 

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He says this is because Obongi health centre which is 60 kilometres away from Moyo district cannot rely on the ambulance from the main hospital in case of emergency.

 

Khalid Awuga, the LC 3 chairman of Aliba Sub County, in Obongi County explains that the plan was hatched by the MP and the elders.

 

Twaha Abdallah, a local resident in Obongi town, says he is willing to contribute 50, 000 shillings instead of the 500 shillings. 

 

But the Moyo district health department officials who supervise the Obongi health centre are not happy with the drive. Moyo district health officer, Jimmy Obigo says while it is okay for the residents to contribute and buy the ambulance, it should be the government’s responsibility.  

 

He says he hopes that politicians will not use this drive to de-campaign the government. 

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