Couple donates health centre to community
Posted Friday, August 8 2014 at 01:00
Act of charity. The fully furnished health centre will begin operations in September
A dispensary has been donated to the people of Bukobogo village and the neighbouring communities in Kirumba Sub-county, Rakai District.
H$K Golden Groove Health Centre which was commissioned last Sunday was built with funds raised by Ugandan-born Mariam Hajjarah Banadda and her British husband, Cooke Roberts.
A social care and genital health specialist based in the United Kingdom, Ms Banadda revealed that she considered it fitting for her to offer the six acres of land left to her by her grandfather to the local community and to have a health centre built on it for the benefit of the local people who, before, took a lot of trouble to get to a health facility.
“Growing up long ago in Bukobogo village, I remember we had a lot of difficulties accessing medical care,” she said. Adding: “And I now feel that the construction of this facility will, in some measure, reduce that difficulty for the people of Bukobogo and the surrounding villages.”
She said the health centre will continue to receive some overseas funding and that it will prioritise maternal health care whose charges will be subsidised.
The health centre is already furnished with beds and other fittings. It has three maternity wards, two children’s wards, an operating theatre, four resting cubicles and a mortuary plus staff quarters. It has the capacity to admit 50 people at a time.