Health Workers Protest Ban on Cultivating Hospital Land

1370 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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Dr. David Tibemanya, the senior administrator Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says although the health workers are unhappy with the ban, the hospital management will enforce it.

Health Workers at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital are protesting the ban on cultivating the hospital land.  Recently, Kabale municipality banned cultivation of the hospital land measuring about 20 acres citing environmental degradation.



Municipal authorities claim that running water from the land washes soil into the drainage channel in the town. The move has drawn angry reactions from health workers who have been using the land to cultivate some crops.
 
 
Asia Birungi, one of the concerned health workers says they have been growing some crops, which they use in case of salary delays. She faults municipal authorities for failing to notify them in time, saying some of them had already cleared land for planting.
 

Prima Habomugisha, another health worker wants the council to allocate them alternative land for cultivation. Dr. David Tibemanya, the senior administrator Kabale Regional Referral Hospital says although the health workers are unhappy with the ban, the hospital management will enforce it.
 
 
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Alfred Ahimbisibwe, the Environment Officer Kabale Municipality, says any health worker who fails to abide by the directive will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
 
Ahimbisibwe accuses the health workers of using cultivation methods, which contributed to heavy soil erosion. He advises the hospital to plant tea around the land in question to control soil erosion.

 

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.