In September 2015, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda officially opened a health facility in the Buliisa district, funded by Tullow Uganda and jointly built in partnership with local government and the Ministry of Health.
The health facility is one of Tullow Uganda’s community investment efforts aimed at establishing mutually beneficial relationships with our stakeholders, in order to improve the quality of life in local communities.
The facility was constructed according to the Ministry of Health’s specifications and includes: a section for an operating theatre, an outpatient wing, general and maternity wards, medical waste pits, and accommodation units for doctors and nurses.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony in Buliisa, the Ugandan President commended Tullow for its commitment to improving the welfare of the local communities saying, “I want to thank Tullow Oil for the great role they are playing not only in oil and gas development, but also in shaping the future of communities in Bunyoro through the provision of a health facility and health care services. This health facility will contribute towards long term improvements in the quality of life for the local communities in Buliisa.”
Addressing the guests, Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager of Tullow Uganda, mentioned that over the last 10 years Tullow has invested over $12million in community projects that include primary schools in Kaiso and Sebagoro, a health centre in Kyehoro, an Enterprise Development Centre in Hoima and a Community Centre in Buliisa.
He added that, “while these infrastructure projects are absolutely critical to improving the delivery of essential services like education and health, we do believe that the greatest contribution we can make to the community and to the country in general is through the positive impacts of our business itself - through employment to young people, contracts for services, our supply chains, and payment of taxes.”
Mr. Mugerwa also pointed out that Tullow relies on the government and the district authorities to create the requisite social and administrative infrastructure necessary to sustain these facilities.