Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has agreed to fund the Busia County Referral Hospital following talks with Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong during their recent meeting at State House Entebbe.
The move followed an appeal by the Busia Governor who told the Ugandan leader how the facility is overstretched as a result of the influx of Ugandans who cross the border to seek treatment.
‘’His Excellency in the spirit of the East African Community Common Market Protocol and on humanitarian grounds, we cannot decline to treat our brothers and sisters from Uganda who cross to our facility to seek treatment,’’ he said.
The EAC Partnership Fund was established in 2006 with contributions from development partners and member states. It is meant among others to support EAC projects and programs geared towards regional integration.
. The Governor said Museveni agreed to expedite the release of additional funds to complete the East African Laboratory, a regional programme to help in its completion and promised to officially commission it with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta upon completion.
‘’ I raised concerns that the BCRH is so overstretched forcing county residents to seek medical attention in Bungoma, Kakamenga, Kisumu or Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. There is need by the National Government to raise the status of the referral hospital by injecting more funding to spur regional trade,’’ the Governor said.
Museveni agreed to include Busia County Referral Hospital and the planned Jumuhiya market at the Busia border in Kenya for funding by member states under the East African Community Common Market Protocol. He also promised to commission the Jumuhiya market.
Busia Governor later toured the Luwero Poultry project which produces 750 eggs per day. He promised to replicate the new technology in Busia County which is not labor intensive and multitasks with no breakages.