A new health facility has been commissioned in Buliisa in the Albertine region of Uganda.
The health facility was constructed in partnership between Tullow Uganda as part of their cooperate social responsibility, Bullisa District Local Government and Ministry of health .
Commissioning the facility Pesident Yoweri Museveni hailed the oil company for their routine supporting to the local communities through supporting community based projects which aims at improving the social lives of the ordinary Ugandans
“I want to thank Tullow Oil for the great role they are playing not only in oil and gas developments but also in shaping the future of communities in Bunyoro through the provision of a health facility and health care services. This health facility will contribute towards long term improvements in the quality of life for the local communities in Buliisa,” he said.
Jimmy Mugerwa, the General Manager Tullow Uganda mentioned that over the last 10 years Tullow Oil has invested over $12m in community investment projects that include a Primary Schools in Kaiso and Sebagoro, a health centre IV in Kyehoro, an Enterprise Development Centre in Hoima town and a Community Centre in Buliisa among other voluntary social investment initiatives.
However, Mugerwa pointed out that as an oil company Tullow has to rely on the government and the district authorities to create the requisite social and administrative infrastructure to sustain these facilities.
“While these infrastructure projects are absolutely critical to improving the delivery of essential services like education and health, we do believe that the greatest contribution we can make to the community and to the country in general is through the positive impacts of our business itself – through employment to young people, contracts for services, our supply chains, and payment of taxes,” he said.
The health facility is based on the Ministry of Health specifications and includes: a section for an operating theatre, out patients section, maternity ward, general ward, attendant’s shelter, toilets and bathrooms, a generator house, medical waste pits, an incinerator and accommodation units for doctors and nurses.