In a bid to improve the health and livelihood status of residents in Kira Municipality, the the Ministry of Health has started upgrading Kira Health Centre III to a Health Centre IV.
The upgrade works once complete will see the facility become the biggest health facility in the area.
For more than two years, district leaders have been demanding for the elevation of the facility to improve services. The health center lacked enough infrastructure and furniture.
Additionally, the health center was heavily understaffed with only three doctors handling all the cases they receive both during day and night. This situation had forced patients to seek services from the many private facilities in the area
Dr Ivan Nyenje, the medical doctor at the facility says that more than 1.7 Billion Shillings will be disbursed in phases to construct new structures and also improve the existing ones.
Nyenje is optimistic that with the upgrade, the community of Kira will access more specialized services such as laboratory, surgical and maternity.
He added that there will be more personnel, from the current 16 to at least 45 which will include two doctors, one medical officer and a senior medical officer.
Gerald Kizito, the Kira Division Chairperson, says that other lower health facilities should also be elevated from Health Center II to III.
The Wakiso LCV Chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika says that the government should also fulfill its pledge of constructing a general hospital in the district.
Government had previously promised to construct a referral hospital in Wakiso District.