Kiryandongo welcomes new ambulance from Ministry of Health

Deputy RDC Jonathan Akweteireho (2nd L) cutting the ribbon to commission the brand new ambulance for Kiryandongo Hospital as district leaders witness

Kiryandongo, (UG):- The Kiryandongo District Local Government Friday welcomed a brand new state-of-the-art land cruiser ambulance from the Ministry of Health.

The ambulance received was procured by the Ministry of Health under the Uganda COVID-19 Response Preparedness Project.

Mr Sam Mutiti, the Senior Hospital Administrator, expressed his excitement and informed the congregation that the hospital had been expecting the ambulance since the Ministry had already trained the drivers and health workers to operate it.

“Kiryandongo has never had a state of art ambulance since its inception 50 years ago. I am very happy and I would like to thank the government of Uganda for considering our hospital,” Mutiti said.

Christine Adah the Acting DHO Kiryandongo said the ambulance is fully furnished with all the emergency medical accessories and needs to be well managed by the operators and the hospital administration. Adah urged the operators and leaders to follow ambulance rules to avoid issues of mismanagement.

“Ambulances carry patients not dead bodies. Let’s not use the ambulance to carry dead bodies,” said Adah.

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The New Ambulance parked at Kiryandongo Hospital on Friday, February 09th, 2024

Mr Martin Jacan Gwokto, Kiryandongo CAO commended the district leaders for lobbying for the ambulance. “Not all Districts have received the ambulances, so I must commend the District leadership for lobbying,” he said.

Gwokto urged the ambulance driver to take precautionary maintenance measures and ensure timely servicing by the Ministry of Health’s prequalified service provider. He also urged the operators to take charge and ensure all the accessories remain intact.

Edith Aliguma Adyeri the Kiryandongo District Chairperson, noted that the ambulance received will help in extending health services to the community and save lives.

Ms Aliguma appreciated Linos Ngompek the area member of parliament for Kibanda North for his tireless efforts which enabled Kiryandongo to be one of the beneficiary districts and encouraged the hospital management to display the ambulance user guidelines at all health facilities so that people get to know how to access it.

Linos Ngompek the area MP Kibanda North informed the congregation that he wrote to the Ministry of Health requesting for Kiryandongo hospital ambulance in June 2021 but his request was honoured this year.

Ngompek noted that though the ambulance lobbied is labelled Kibanda North County, it is for Kiryandongo Hospital and will serve the whole district and Uganda at large.

The Deputy RDC, Mr Jonathan Akweteireho pledged to monitor the operations of the ambulance to ensure it serves its intended purpose.

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He noted that Kiryandongo Hospital was ranked 10th in Uganda and with the ambulance, the performance is expected to improve.

District leaders say the ambulance will help in handling referrals which will reduce maternal and accident-related deaths. 

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