19 December 2012

Uganda: Japan Gives Sh800 Million for Health, Education

Photo: Aphaluck Bhatiasevi/WHO
The health sector played a key role despite numerous challenges in the year 2012.

The Japanese government has donated $359, 910 (about sh863m), towards alleviating health, education and sports standards in Uganda.

The money will go towards the construction of a maternity ward at Bubangizi Health Centre III in Mitoma district, western Uganda and the construction of a Baseball and Softball field in Gayaza, Wakiso district.

It will also be used to renovate the Kibaale and Kisambya primary schools in Mpara Sub-County, Kyegegwa district.

Speaking at the signing of the grant contracts with representatives of the three organizations, Japanese ambassador to Uganda, Kazuo Minagawa, said the donation was part of the Japanese people's contribution to supporting community-based development projects in Uganda.

"The Japanese people are committed to boosting economic growth as well as achieving millennium development goals and consolidation of peace and good governance in Africa," said Minagawa.

This was at the Japanese Embassy on Kyadondo road in Kampala Tuesday.

Bubangizi health Centre got $98, 710 (about sh246m), while the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association got $122, 175 (about sh305m). Mpara Sub-County got $139, 025 (about sh347m).

Rev Father Lawrence Mwesigye, who represented the Bubangizi Health Centre In-charge Sr. Daphroza Tusiime, said through the project, expectant mothers who for long have been delivering from their homes rather than health centres, will be able to be delivered by qualified medical personnel.

"Bubangizi Health Centre is the only Centre we have in the entire district of about 106, 900 people offering maternity services," said Mwesigye.

"We have well trained midwives and nurses who can tend to the mothers, but we lack adequate space.

"This project will improve the health service delivery at the Centre as well as help expectant mothers who have been delivering at home deliver safely."

He said on top of constructing a maternity ward, they will use the money to procure two delivery beds, 18 inpatient beds, and 58 mosquito nets for patients.

State minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi commended the Japanese people, saying, "Health and education are key sectors to national development. When you participate in the development of schools, you are indeed fighting illiteracy."

He called upon the beneficiaries not to betray the trust of the Japanese people by using the money to do shoddy work 'like we have experienced in some sectors' but, rather, use it as planned.

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