JINJA - dfcu bank has donated six incubators for premature babies, worth sh10m, to Jinja Referral Hospital. During the hand-over on Tuesday, dfcuâ€™s marketing manager, Susan Nsibirwa, said Jinja was the third hospital to benefit from the bankâ€™s community development programme. Other health centres that have benefited from the programme are Arua, Lira, Dokolo, Amolatar, Kaberamaido and Pader hospitals. The Jinja Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. Christine Ondoa-Onama, thanked dfcu for their intervention saying the nursery unit lacked several facilities.
Six children abandoned
GULU - SIX children, including twins, have been abandoned by their parents. Four of them were abandoned by their mother who went to Juba, in Southern Sudan.According to the eldest child, Simon Opio, their mother, Grace Lakot, went to Juba on October 7, to collect sh900,000 from a friend whom she had sent to sell fish. Opio added that they did not know the whereabouts of their father, John Kiiza, a soldier, who recently returned from Somalia. Meanwhile, the Police are stuck with Jennifer Lamunu, 16, and her two-month-old twins. Lamunu said she gave birth to the twins on July 31 at Lacor Hospital. Her husband, Patrick Opira, a petty businessman left her.
Peace team given office equipment
GULU - GULU District Peace Reconciliation Team has received a vehicle, computer and office equipment worth over sh104m from Save the Children in Uganda. The northern regional manager, Moses Cik, handed over the donations to the LC5 vice chairman, McMot Kitara at the council hall on Thursday. During the hand-over, Kitara commended Save the Children for supporting the peace team.
Police rescue one-year-old boy
MUBENDE - The Police have rescued a one-year-old baby that was abandoned by unidentified people on Tuesday. The baby, who was found at the doorstep of the secretary for defence of Kisekende village, Fred Kaweesi, also looked malnourished. The officer-in-charge of family and child protection unit at Mubende Police station, Betty Ndagire, said the baby was taken to Mubende hospital.
Rights body hails reshuffle
KAMPALA - THE Uganda Human Rights Commission has hailed the reshuffle at the Rapid Response Unit, saying it was a step in the right direction. The chairperson, Meddie Kaggwa, on Thursday said the move would bring positive change in the unit. Police chief Kale Kayihura, early this week disbanded the unitâ€™s leadership and transferred over 20 staff.
Police holds head teacher
KAMPALA - A CITY school head teacher was on Thursday detained by Police over allegations of conning pupils of examinations fees. Joseph Kiganda of Brilliant Chicks Primary School on Salaama Road, Kampala, is accused of collecting sh180,000 from 15 pupils, claiming he would register them for next monthâ€™s Primary Leaving Examinations. The Kampala deputy Police spokesperson, Henry Kalulu, said Kiganda told the pupils he was working with David Busulwa of the Uganda National Examinations Board. However, the Police added that Busulwa was non-existent at the exam body.
Donors warn about firm
KAMPALA - DEVELOPMENT partners have warned the Government against setting up a state construction company. They noted that experience in developing countries have shown widespread inefficiencies in the roads sector.Instead, they advised, the Government should attract international contractors if the demand is high. Vincent de Visscher, the head of European Commission to Uganda, at meeting in Kampala, noted that increasing competition and capacitywould lead to efficiency.
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