By Solomon Hamala
Members of Parliament on Public Service and Local Government Committee have wondered why Busoga sub region has no Blood Bank and have strongly backed the sub region’s quest for the service.
The MP’s who were visiting Iganga District last week and led by the Committee’s Chairperson, Hon. Joy Akello said they were going to table the issue of the Blood Bank on the floor of Parliament to support Busoga sub region get her own blood bank to enable easy access to blood to the needy patients.
This follows a submission by the former Vice President, Dr. Specioza Wandira Kazibwe who told the MPs that Busoga sub region has a problem of sickle cells which requires government’s attention.
The Parliamentary Committee on Public Service and Local Government was visiting Iganga district to have a dialogue with the district stakeholders on a range of issues including the Parish Development Model and the issue of the blood bank in Busoga region.
Meanwhile during the meeting with Commercial and deputy commercial officers from Busoga region at Iganga district Hall, Akello wondered why despite the fact the government released money for PDM to districts, it has not reached the intended group beneficiaries.
She said across the country, PDM money is still lying idol on the districts’ accounts causing a lot of anger from the intended beneficiaries.
The Parliamentarians learnt that Iganga or Busoga region is not any different from districts/ regions as regards the problems of PDM.
She however said very soon, the committee will table it on the floor of the parliament to allow Hon. Members deliberate on it for a way forward.
This has come at a time when Busoga region is ranked one of the poorest regions in the country thus that if PDM is properly handled alongside EMYOOGA programe, it will help to reduce on the abject poverty.