The Byengoma family, owners of Arcadia Cottages in Kabale District, led by Nicholas Byengoma, have donated a fully-equipped ambulance registration number UBP 956G to Rugarama Hospital in a bid to enhance emergency services within the hospital.
The official handover of the ambulance took place at the residence of the Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, the Rt Rev Gaddie Akanjuna, at Rugarama Hill, Northern Division of Kabale Municipality.
During the handover ceremony, Byengoma expressed his gratitude to his wife, Rosette Byengoma, who, as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, successfully advocated for the ambulance’s acquisition through Dr. Eli Mercie from Egypt.
In addition to the ambulance, the Byengoma family also revealed their efforts in securing various essential medical equipment for the hospital, including 40 beds, 40 mattresses, 40 bed drawers, 40 dining tables, 5 baby incubators, 10 baby cots, 3 baby warmers, 40 bedside cupboards, and 2 operating tables.
These items are scheduled for delivery to the hospital by the upcoming Monday. Byengoma further mentioned their ongoing collaboration with the hospital management to lobby for an X-ray machine from the Ministry of Health, which would further expand the hospital’s services.
The Rt Rev Gaddie Akanjuna, Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, emphasized the responsibility of the hospital administrators in ensuring the proper maintenance and effective use of the donated ambulance for the benefit of the hospital and the community it serves.
Dr. Esther Rutaremwa, the Medical Superintendent, and Kenneth Bekunda, representing the Chairman of the Rugarama Hospital Board, highlighted the significance of this donation in reducing maternal mortality rates among expectant mothers.
Dr. Rutaremwa noted that the hospital frequently makes between 100 to 300 referrals each month, and with only one ambulance before this donation, it struggled to efficiently serve the community’s needs.
Dr. Gilbert Arinaitwe Mateeke, the Kabale District Health Officer, called upon the Ministry of Health to allocate more ambulances to the district. He has already initiated correspondence with the ministry, stressing the importance of bolstering healthcare services in the district through increased ambulance availability.
Among the attendees were, Rev Can Milton Nkurunungi, the Diocesan Secretary, Rev Just Ayebare, the Diocesan Treasure, Rev Canon Obed Turihohabwe the Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral Rugarama, Rev Canon Lauben Byomuhangi head of clergy, Rev Canon Amos Tweteise the Archdeacon of Kikungiri Archdeaconry, Venerable Emmanuel Bwagye Namanya the Archdeacon of All saints Archdeaconry, Diocesan Education Coordinator Rev Oscar Mwesigwa, Lay canons that included Eng Ivan Mbabazi Batuma and Enock Kazooba among others.
This act of generosity from the Byengoma family promises to bring about significant improvements in emergency medical services in Kabale District, ensuring better healthcare access for its residents.