Local leaders in Bugangari Sub County, Rukungiri District, continue to highlight the difficulties faced by pregnant mothers due to the absence of an ambulance at Bugangari Health Center 4.
This health center, situated in Bugangari Parish, Bugangari Sub County, Rukungiri District, serves a large population from the rift valley Sub Counties of Bugangari, Bwambara, and some parts of Kanungu and Mitooma Districts, facilitating an average of 105 deliveries per month.
Bugangari Chairperson LC3, Juston Byamukama, emphasized that the facility plays a crucial role in serving the community but pregnant women encounter challenges in accessing the facility and referrals.
Akasiima Mucunguzi, the Rukungiri District Health Officer, explained that the shortage of ambulances is a nationwide issue, with Rukungiri District having only one ambulance. He urged the community to explore alternative ambulance services, as there are no restrictions on using government ambulances from other areas.
Kyomukama Geoffrey, the Rukungiri Chairperson LC5, mentioned that a new ambulance is expected to be provided soon, thanks to the efforts of the Area Member of Parliament and Minister for Security, Hon Jim Muhwezi. He also encouraged collaboration between Bugangari Health Center 4 and other Sub Counties in sharing the ambulance.
During discussions about the challenges posed by the absence of an ambulance, a dramatic incident unfolded when an expectant mother arrived using a Tuku Tuku, highlighting the urgent need for improved transportation options for pregnant women in the area.