3500 residents of Nyamisimbo parish in Masaha Sub County, Isingiro district, have started building their own health unit after getting tired of waiting for government to extend health services to the area.
Deus Iraka, the chairperson construction committee, says each family contributed 15,000 shillings towards the construction of a two roomed health unit.
Iraka says the residents have managed to raise 7 million shillings so far to kick start the project.
Iraka says they have already recruited two clinical officers and one nurse. They also plan to raise money to construct a maternity ward and a staff house.
Amelia Alinda, an expectant mother, is hopeful that the completion of the health unit will save the lives of women who die while making the long journey to Mbabara regional referral hospital.
But Isingiro district speaker Silver Mwesigwa says the government has not abandoned the people of Nyamisimbo parish.
He reveals that the government in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the 2013/2014 budget earmarked 9 billion dollars to help construct and equip health facilities in the area.
Mwesigwa says under this Millenium Project, the two health centres in Nyarubungo and Nyamisimbo will upgraded and get a face lift.
Presently ailing residents have to walk 21kms to access health services at Mbarara regional referral hospital.