Communities living near the Bujagali hydro power plant have hailed Bujagali Energy Limited [BEL], the producers of power at the facility, for helping them live a better life.
This follows the completion of several social projects BEL had promised to set up as it started construction works for the 250 Megawatt power dam in 2007.
The projects include the expansion of Budondo Health Centre IV, extending power lines to the communities and improvement of school structures.
Speaking during an impact assessment tour of the projects, the in-charge of Budondo Health Centre, said there has been an overwhelming increase in the number of patients seeking services at the health centre since the intervention of BEL.
“We used to handle about 900 patients a month but the number has shot up to more than 2,000 after the construction of a maternity ward, installation of an ultra-sound machine, and the purchase of a stand-by generator for the facility by BEL,” Dr Dickens Atwongyeire, the in-charge of the Budondo Health Centre, said on Monday.
He added that the facility is now able to handle referral cases that were being handled by Jinja Referral Hospital.
“We had 400 pupils at Naminya Roman Catholic Church Primary School before the construction of these well-ventilated classrooms by BEL but currently, the population stands at 843 pupils,” Mr Peter Kasule, the deputy Head teacher of the school said.
The BEL general manager, Mr John Berry, said they are at 99 per cent fulfilment of the social projects they promised communities as they undertook the construction work for the dam project.