British Medics Pledge New Bike Ambulance Support to Mt.Elgon districts


A cross section of participants listening in during the training.

By Kitts D.Mabonga


The locals of  Mt.Elgon region districts of Mbale, Bududa,Manafwa and Namisindwa are set to celebrate after officials from the UK pledged to offer more new motor bike ambulances to help in the emergency transportation of expectant mothers,the under five babies and other general patients in dare need for medical referral services.


  A cross section of the motor bike Ambulances that play a critical role in transporting I’ll mothers among hard to reach communities of the mountain

The 18 member  strong medical delegation from Wales in the UK have just trained over 850 local community medical services providers within the Elgon  sub region districts.

The delegation that has been in Bagisu region for the last one week has been commended for being handy in equipping the community members of the districts with first aid skills, how to handle patients in transit enroute to hospital, managing and operating the bike ambulance system among other services.


While closing the training sessions at Mbale district council hall on Saturday, the  assistant district health officer (ADHO) in charge of maternal health Sister Stella Kiselo commended the British team  for choosing to come to the region and offer specialized preliminary medical training services saying the beneficiary teams would do more in helping reduce the burden of the trapped mothers, children and other patients in dare need of urgent medical attention.

Kiselo noted that those trained include traditional birth referral assistants,motor bike ambulance drivers and operators among others who shall be strategically located among rural communities to help transport  patients with emergence  need using the bike ambulance system especially among hard to reach areas of the mountains.

The executive director Mbale coalition against poverty (MCAP) Pastor Apollo Mwenyi told xpresstimes  that they appreciate the services being rendered by the delegation saying they have given hope to the vulnerable populations.

He stressed that so far their British friends have extended a donation of over 46 bike ambulances that are helping transport critically ill patients largely among hard to reach communities and moved on to pledge more in the near future.

Mwenyi commended the district leadership of the four saying their open support rendered to their stakeholder NGOs has been of great significance and that they look forward for the continues support for the good of the people of Elgon.

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