The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has committed to advocate for the development of Pakwach district, working with the district leadership to improve education, tourism and agriculture.
Kadaga noted that the tourism sites in the area needed to be refurbished so as to attract tourists and income and improve developments of social services in the district.
“There’s the Emin Pasha Monument that can improve tourism activities in this area. I will renew the request to the Tourism Minister to have the Monument on the tourism map of Uganda,” Kadaga said.
Kadaga was speaking at a thanksgiving service to celebrate Hon. Jane Avur Pacuto’s election as the first Pakwach district Woman Member of Parliament on 12 May 2018. The district came into effect on 01 July, 2017.
Hon. Pacuto requested that government aids the district’s community aided school in Wadelai sub-country in order to improve its structures, teacher’s welfare, and to improve education standards in the long run.
She appealed to the youth to unite and seize all opportunities so as to improve their incomes.
“I call on all our youth to reduce gambling and return to work. We should take on the opportunities in agriculture and use the available market to earn income,” said Hon. Pacuto.
Pacuto also raised concern over the district’s Health Center IV that has only one doctor attending to the ever increasing numbers of patients.
“I have donated five motorcycle ambulances to help improve on maternal health care for our women in the district,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Speaker has promised to support health initiatives meant to improve the livelihood of people in Namayingo district.
“I will give special attention to Namayingo district and I will follow up with the upgrading of the Bukimbi Health Centre II to a Health Centre III so that the health care provided there improves,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga was officiating at the Namayingo district Women’s Day celebrations held at Dohwa Primary School on 13 May 2018. The celebrations were held under the theme: “Empowerment of rural women and girls: opportunities and challenges.”
In an attempt to improve people’s incomes and livelihood, Kadaga also said that it was agreed that government would purchase seedlings meant for Naads from the locals in the area.
“We agreed that in order to improve incomes, and livelihoods of farmers, Naads needs to buy seedlings from the local people; this means that you too have to work hard so as to benefit from this initiative,” she added.
The district MP, Hon. Robina Mukisa (NRM) said that the state of health facilities in the district was in a deplorable state.
“Namayingo does not have a district hospital and patients are ferried on boda bodas or Police cars to Bugiri or even Busia which are far,” she said adding that “If the Health Centre can be upgraded the health system would improve a great deal.”
She said she had donated an ambulance to improve the transportation of the patients to health facilities.
The Vice Chairperson LCV, Rebecca Naigaga, said that there was need to sensitize women to deliver in hospitals as the mortality rate was high.
“Women here need a lot of sensitazation on health matters. In the two day health camp held, many women were found to have cervical cancer and suffering from Hepatitis B,” she said.
She appealed for funding to educate the women to improve their health.