OPUL Reinforces Health Centers in Kalangala with Medical Items Worth Ugx 250 Million |
Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL) has responded to an urgent need of the islanders by donating medical items worth over UgX 250 million. This is part of OPUL’s corporate social responsibility.
Damanik Saridin, Director General of OPUL based in Kalangala District, led a team of his management staff to donate medical supplies and theater equipment to Kalangala III Health Center, Kalangala Health Center Bheta III in Mugoye sub-county and Bwendero III health center in Bujumba sub-county. county.
On handing over the items to the District Health Officer (DHO), a satisfied Damanik revealed that finally their wish to serve the interests of the islanders who were suffering from the lack of inadequate healthcare facilities had come true.
“We did a needs assessment of the 84 islands in Kalangala and found that they all refer their patients to these three health centres. As such, there was an urgent need to support them medically as the island community could not easily travel to the mainland for medicine,” Damanik revealed before calling on recipients of equipment and supplies to do good. use of donated items.
Damanik further revealed that their company deals with people-centered initiatives because a healthy community supports their continued existence in the company. He also noted that in addition to this particular first health donation, they have equipped Bheta Primary School, Buswa Primary School and Bwendero Primary School with new buildings, computers, offices, among others.
“Because we are with the community at all times and will continue to do so as deemed necessary with the resource envelope allowing,” Damanik revealed.
On his part, an overwhelmed Dr. Michael Suuna who is also Kalangala District Health Officer congratulated OPUL for the timely donation and called on them to support their current plan of working on all the necessary health requirements that will see the center health IV from Kalangala to be elevated to a hospital status.
“As DHO and on behalf of the entire leadership of the district, we are truly touched. The donation will reduce the infant mortality rate in the region.” He also revealed that the III equipped health centers will solve the headache of islanders going to hospitals in Entebbe or Masaka for basic medicines.
As the donations continued, a health camp was also held where the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga featured prominently and applauded OPUL for giving back to his community whenever called upon.
Oil Palm Uganda Limited (OPUL) is a subsidiary of Bidco Uganda Linited, Josovina of Singapore, Wilmar International, Government of the Republic of Uganda and Kalangala Outgrowers Trust (KOPGT).
Since then, the partnership has developed over 6,000 hectares of palm oil plantations on Kalangala Bugala Island and over 4,000 hectares of smallholders with two palm oil mills each of 60 TPH. The partnership is also expanding to Buvuma, Masaka, Sango Bay/Kyotera online. with agreement between them and the Government of the Republic of Uganda.