Kinkizi West MP visits hailstorm victims in Mpungu Sub County

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KANUNGU– The Kinkizi West Member of Parliament Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka on Tuesday visited Mpungu sub County which was recently hit by hailstorm and the affected people are in dire need of support relief.

Before travelling to Mpungu sub county, the Member of Parliament first attended a District Disaster team meeting that was chaired by the Resident District Commissioner Hajji Shafiq Ssekandi.

The meeting was also attended by the District Chairman Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo, the CAO and the District Speaker Frank Byaruhanga and leaders from the sub County. 

The team proceeded to visit the most affected parts of Mpungu that include Omukyongo and Muhondo villages where Hon Kaberuka promised to lobby for assistance to support the 12 affected families.

Speaking to the residents, the Legislator asked them to plant more trees in the area to act as wind breakers and promised to link them with National Forest Authority to get them good tree species.

Kanungu District Speaker Frank Byaruhanga, councillor Rukia Mbabazi at Kihihi Health Center IV

He also however encouraged the parents not to give up on the education of their children despite COVID-19 pandemic challenges especially those in higher institutions of learning who can take advantage of loan schemes. 

Mpungu Sub County Chairman Robert Kakuru said that the affected families were being supported by niegbours and thanked them for such cooperation.

Kanungu District Speaker Hon Frank Byaruhanga who is the area councillor asked the residents to remain calm since the leaders are working hard to get relief support for them.

Some of the patients at Kihihi Health Center IV sleep on the floor

Earlier,  Hon Kaberuka visited Kihihi Health Centre IV, to assess the condition of the situation facility and find how it can be improved to cater for the increased number of patients.

Kihihi Health Center IV officer in charge Dr Paul Nsiyaleeta said that they are  overwhelmed by huge number of patient turn out because they receive over 250 patients every day yet the facility was designated to cater for 60 patients.

Nsiyaleeta said that they receive patients from neighbouring districts of Bushenyi,  Mitooma, Rubirizi and Rukungiri and also others come from as far as Eatern Democratic Republic of Congo and can not be sent away.

MP Kaberuka listening to Kihihi Health Center IV officer in charge Dr Paul Nsiyaleeta and the facility Management Committee Chairman

Hon Kaberuka promised to report the challenges of the health facility and lobby the Committee of health in Parliament so that they can visit the health centre and see how best it can be improved and if necessary be elevated to District Hosital .

Kanungu District Speaker Frank Byaruhanga who accompanied the Member of Parliament however said that the facility has little piece of land that can accommodate any further expansion,  but Hon Kaberuka noted that storeyed buildings can be built in order to offer services needed at the facility. 

Hon Kaberuka was also accompanied by Kanungu District Secretary for Social Services Kenneth Tumuhamye,  Kihihi Town Council Councilirs Rogers Tumwesigye and Rukia Mbabazi and the Kihihi Town Council Mayor Sostine Atwiine Buregyeya among many others.