Government Ministers Hail IDI for Improving Health Service Delivery in Kibaale District

The Leadership of Kibaale District hosted the Minister of Health, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and the State Minister for Finance and Planning, Hon. Matia Kasaija in Kibaale district on Friday 29th November. The ministers were taken on a tour of three district health facilities -Kakumiro HCIV, Kibaale HCIV and Kagadi Hospital.

Owing to the district-wide health system strengthening approach adopted by the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) with support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kibaale health sector now boasts of renovated laboratories, out-patient and in-patient departments, drug and suppliers stores, children wards, theatres (major and minor), general wards, maternity wards and functional vehicle ambulances.

Hon. Rugunda commended IDI for its innovative nature in delivering health services to the rural communities through the renovation of the mothers waiting sheds, which he said were a big addition to the armamentarium; hence, would contribute to the reduction of deaths of mothers with complications. The Mothers Waiting Sheds are structures that have been renovated to accommodate women with high risk pregnancies and from distant and hard-to-reach areas until their expected dates of delivery.

The Minister also thanked the CDC Country Director, Dr. Wuhib Tadesse for CDC’s support to IDI which has enabled the organization to extend quality services to Kibaale district, which services he admitted were better than many general and district hospitals.

Hon. Rugunda applauded IDI for donating tricycle ambulances to the Kibaale health facilities, which transport means when compared to the vehicle ambulances, he added, were a cost effective means of ensuring that patients reach the health facilities.

In his speech, Hon. Matia Kasaija also pledged government support to extend water, power and health workers’ accommodation to Kibaale district to address the bottle necks to health service delivery in the district.
At Kagadi Hospital, Hon.  Rugunda handed over a donation of medical equipment worth over 200 million Uganda Shillings from Project C.U.R.E, a U.S. Government partner under the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) programme. The equipment consisted of among others, pediatric emergency systems, operation tables, an anesthesia machine, pediatric incubator, diagnostic lead machine and catheters.