Normal operation resumes at Kilembe mines hospital in Kasese district following a week of closure.
The hospital had closed after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, gushing water to neighboring villages and cutting off transport in what seemed to be a repeat of the 2013 deadly floods that ravaged the area.
Although the hospital was not flooded at the time of its closure, it was all surrounded by running water prompting an evacuation of patients from the facility. In the process four people lost their lives.
Similar occurrences last year destroyed most of the hospital’s vital units prompting a closure.
The Hospital administrator Rev. Sr. Teopista Kabagere confirms that the hospital is now operating albeit amidst challenges. She however adds that the facility could not be closed further due to public outcry and the dire need for health services.
Some of the patients, who were admitted to St. Paul’s Health centre in Kasese town during the crisis, have also returned to Kilembe, she adds.
Meanwhile, excavators have begun re channeling River Nyamwamba its original course. The work involves removing stones from River Nyamwamba at Bulembia Primary school where the River strayed.