Deputy Governor Micheal Atingi-Ego on Saturday commissioned a water system built by the Central Bank to supply Nakaloke Health Centre III in Northern City Division in Mbale City.
The water system was funded by Bank of Uganda as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative in support of maternal and child health care.
The bank also built a patient walkway and renovated the maternity ward.
It also donated medical equipment and supplies such as delivery beds, drip stand, oxygen cylinder, surgical gloves, temperature gauges, solar refrigerators, hand washing apparatus, among others.
Dr Atingi-Ego explained that the bank’s bid to involve in this service, was to improve not only child and maternal health but also increased life expectancy and access to safe and clean water as well as sanitation.
“We are happy that we have managed to develop a water supply investment for the health centre in addition to the improvement of the maternity ward as well as the provision of medical equipment and supplies,” he said.
He also explained that such investments in health and sanitary services boost productivity and household incomes, thus contributing to economic growth.
“This will reduce harmful effects of diseases thereby, freeing people to devote their time to productive work, which boosts incomes and contributes to national economic growth,” he said.
He also urged Ugandans to embrace the use of mobile money and other e-payments, saying it is a more safe, convenient, and secure means of payment given the current times of Covid-19 that we are going through.
“The promotion of cashless payments is in line with the BoU’s strategic initiatives for controlling the high costs of printing, minting, and administering currency notes and coins,” he said.
The District Health Officer, Mbale, Dr Jonathan Wangisi, applauded the bank for its support, saying the facility has been facing challenges of water.
“This will improve the institutional capacity of this facility to handle deliveries,” he said, adding the facility is the biggest health centre 111 in the district.