Bikiira Health Centre, Kalisizo Hospital Fight Over Ambulance

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The Ambulance in question parked at Kalisizo hospital Davis Buyondo

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Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary confirmed the anomaly saying they are working out modalities to return the ambulance to Biikira Health center and buy a new one for Kalisizo hospital.

 The administrators of St. Andrews Bikiira Health Centre III and Kalisizo government Hospital in Rakai are feuding over a brand new ambulance donated by the Turkish government. In September 2015, the Turkish government donated ambulances to several hospitals to boost health service delivery especially in underprivileged communities in Uganda. 


Rakai district was among the beneficiaries of the multi-million Shillings donation through the Turkish International Cooperation Agency-TIKA. Kalisizo government Hospital received an ambulance Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UG 4472M to respond to emergencies. However, the administrators of St. Andrews Bikiira Health Centre III, a catholic founded health facility say the ambulance was wrongly handed over to Kalisizo hospital. 

In an October 19th petition to Rakai LC V Chairperson Robert Benon Mugabi, Sister Pricilla Nabiryo, the administrator St. Andrews Biikira HC III says the ambulance was donated to her health center but they were surprised when it was handed over to Kalisizo Hospital under unclear circumstances.   

According to Nabiryo, the ambulance was part of the pledges made by a Turkish delegation during a fundraising organised by Bikiira Health unit for the construction of a modern theater on 15 May 2014.  Sister Nabiryo says the Turkish officials also promised to support the construction of a laboratory and provide other modern medical equipment to elevate the Health Unit to international standards. 

She explains that they received information that the Turkish ambassador to Uganda Sedet Yavuzalp had released their ambulance but they waited for it in vain.  According to Nabiryo, they followed up with the Turkish embassy, which informed them that the ambulance was released to Kalisizo Hospital. 

But Dr. Moses Ssaku, the Rakai District Health Officer refutes the claims saying the administration of Biikira Health Unit is misguided. He says Kalisizo Hospital received the ambulance after lobbying the Turkish government for over ten years. 

Robert Benon Mugabi, the Rakai District LC V Chairperson only told URN the circumstances under which Kalisizo hospital received the ambulance were unclear but declined to divulge details. Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Health Ministry Permanent Secretary confirmed the anomaly saying they are working out modalities to return the ambulance to Biikira Health center and buy a new one for Kalisizo hospital. 

 

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