Residents of Rupa Sub-county in Moroto District, Karamoja, are celebrating the arrival of a much-needed ambulance after years of transportation challenges, particularly for pregnant mothers accessing healthcare facilities. The donation, valued at Shs266 million and provided by Sunbird Resources Ltd as part of its social corporate responsibility, is set to benefit approximately 30,000 people in the community.
Minister of State for Minerals Peter Lokeris, who presided over the handover ceremony, emphasized the significant impact the ambulance will have on improving maternal health in the region. The ambulance donation symbolizes an important milestone in the development of the area, addressing the longstanding need for accessible healthcare transportation.
The partnership between Sunbird Resources Ltd and the government underscores a commitment to uplifting the lives of people in Karamoja, with initiatives ranging from healthcare support to education. Plans are underway for the construction of a health center III, further enhancing community development efforts.
Local leaders, including Moroto Woman MP Stella Atyang and Rupa Sub-county chairperson Joseph Otita, expressed gratitude for the ambulance donation, highlighting its potential to benefit communities across Matheniko and Karamoja. As investments continue to pour into the region, there is optimism for improved access to essential services and economic opportunities for residents.