Nakasongola Military Hospital has received a new ambulance from the district leadership to boost health services at the health facility that serves soldiers and the general public.
Handing over the ambulance to the military leadership at the Nakasongola Military Cantonment, Mr Sam Kigula, the Nakasongola District Chairman said the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has for long offered good health services that have maintained the civil-military relations.
The chairman explained that it is because of the good relationship exhibited by the military hospital to the civilians that the district leadership decided to donate the ambulance.
He shared a story about a time he was contacted after some critical patients were ignored at a civilian health facility after which he contacted the military hospital which came to the rescue.
“I called Afande (Charles) Byanyima and he told me to bring the patients to the military hospital.
It took me three trips to drive the patients in my own car to the military hospital and they were worked on very well. I am told that since then, they have always sought treatment at the military facility,” Mr Kigula said, adding that, “it is for this reason that I decided that this ambulance should be stationed here (at the military hospital).
The ambulance was received by the Motorised Infantry Brigade (MOI) Commander, Brig Gen Charles Byanyima, on behalf of the UPDF.
Speaking at the occasion, Brig Byanyima said the district leadership and the people of Nakasongola have for long had a good relationship with the UPDF.
Mr Darius Nandinda, the Nakasongola Resident District Commissioner who was the chief guest pledged to work with the district leadership to fight corruption which he said remains the only impediment to development.
“We have now achieved sustainable development and we can stand on our own if we manage well. The only problem now is corruption and I promise to work with the chairman to fight corruption. I heard that a year passes without anyone being arrested for corruption yet people continue to steal public funds,” Mr Ndandinda said.
“An RDC hasn’t sanctioned the arrest of anyone and you think you are working yet people are stealing?” Mr Nandinda wondered.