The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed police to confiscate gambling machines owned by Chinese in order to fight unemployment in Namasagali district.
Kadaga challenged the resident government planning officer in the District to find a solution for the big number of unemployed youth especially in Namasagali.
“The planning officer should make sure people get jobs and work to do. If not controlled, these youth go on to engage in gambling and all sorts of other wrong acts,” Kadaga said
She went on: “As Parliament, we stopped betting and gambling but I hear things like ludo association; we need to do something about this, police should confiscate the Chinese gambling machines and arrest anybody who takes part in such activities.”
She handed over an assortment of medical equipment worth Ushs 80 million to Namasagali Health Centre III.
The equipment and building materials meant for the construction of a Maternity Ward were donated by the Uganda Corporate League Association on Saturday, 19th August, 2017.
Namasagali Health Centre III is located in Kamuli district.
The Chairperson of Corporate League, Richard Okot, said they had approached the Medical Centre and asked them for the most important equipment that they needed.
“We have been able to provide the following items; adult weighing scales, baby weighing scales, height measurements for babies, maternity beds and mattresses,” said Okot.
Other items included digital blood pressure machine, paracetamol tablets, sterilized surgical gloves, gauze, HIV/AIDS test strips, anti-malarial drugs and vitamin drugs. Building materials included cement, paint, water drums, jerry cans and buckets.
The Senior Medical Clinical Officer, Gertrude Nabirye, said that the Health Centre has been suffering with issues of beds and equipment.
“I encourage all of you to stop the practice of child birth at home; come to the health centre where we now have the right equipment and training to facilitate safe and healthy child birth,” Nabirye said.
The Speaker supported the idea of constructing the ward and appreciated the work done by the Corporate League.
“When I heard that women in maternity share a ward with men I was taken aback; I immediately decided that something must be done about constructing a maternity ward,” she said.
The corporate companies that took part in fundraising for the equipment include; CIPLA, Graphic Systems, Civicon Engineering, Mandela National Stadium, Darling, Entrepreneurs Financial Centre, Spear Motors, Centenary Bank, MTN, Civil Aviation authority, URA, Airtel, Movit, AAR, SPEDAG, Parliament of Uganda, Abim District Sports Outreach, UCDA, UNRA, and UHMG.