Better health facilities await Kabale in 2023 after City status operationalization

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KABALE– The Ministry of Health Spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona has short-lived hopes of Kabale residents and Municipality leaders of having better health facilities in the area after asking them to wait until the Kabale attains City status.

This call comes after a section of leaders led by Kabale Municipality Member of Parliament Hon.Dr. Nicholas Thadeus Kamara complained several times about lack of facilities within Health Centre III’s in the area.

Dr. Kamara says that Kabale Municipality is one of the most densely populated constituencies, yet there was no health centre III in the area to serve people who frequent the only three facilities at the level of health centre II. 

Kabale Municipality is centered by Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, Rugarama Hospital, Rushoroza Hospital and Kamukira Health Centre IV. However, Dr. Kamara revealed that Kabale Municipality residents are facing competition with people from the entire Kigezi region, for services at the above  facilities.

He adds that there is a need to upgrade Health Centre II facilities  in Northern , Southern and  Central Division to Health Centre III status if they’re to have improved health service centers.

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The Southern Division Chairperson Macklean Batware says that the only health centre II at the Division headquarters is usually overwhelmed  by the locals, yet a lot of services are not offered due to limited equipment, human resource  and the required finances.

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The Central Division Chairperson Sam Arinaitwe says the Ministry of Health had earmarked their Health Centre II for upgrade to Health Centre III, but the plan was shifted to Northern Division after the Ministry realized that Central Division had no space to accommodate the expanded facility.

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The Northern Division Chairperson Mucunguzi Isaac Rushoga stressed that they had started clearing land in Ibumba parish after they learnt that Government would avail funds for upgrading  Rutooma Health Centre II to Health Centre III, but the project came to a halt after they waited for funding in vain.

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However, Emmanuel Ainebyona explained that the Ministry of Health is set  to provide more Health facilities after Kabale Municipality attains the City status expected in 2023.

Ainebyona adds that each Division in the city will have a health centre IV since it is a government policy for cities.

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Kabale Tourism City has been the centre of public debate for the last two years after sharp disagreements on the proposed boundaries. The Policy on creation of cities requires a given area to have a population of at least 500,000 people.

In 2020, Kabale District passed a resolution to have all its current Sub-counties joined together to form the Kabale Tourism City, while Rubanda District Council in the same year,  proposed annexation of Bubare Sub-county back to Kabale to join the City.

Another proposal by a section of top politicians suggested that Rubanda and Rukiga Districts which were previously part of Kabale District should be annexed back  in order to achieve the target of the required population. However other politicians disagreed arguing that only a few parts of Rubanda and Rukiga should be annexed back to Kabale. 

All the above disagreements forced the Ministry of local governments to halt planned demarcation of the Kabale Tourism City Boundaries until enough consultations are made. 

This was followed by the resolution by the 10th Parliament to have Kabale Tourism City operationalized in 2023.