Kamuli Referral hospital has received an assortment of medical equipment worth US$1.5m, from Medshare International, through a partnership initiated by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Rebecca Kadaga.
The equipment includes: an anesthesia unit, anesthesia machine; delivery beds, patients beds; electrosurgical units; incubator, infant incubator; infusion pumps, volumetric infusion pump; ultrasound unit, with cart and accessories; warmers and infant and mobile warmer.
The hospital is one of the three health facilities including Kakuto and Kalangala Health Centre IVs benefiting from a pilot project from Medshare International, an international charity medical equipment donating organisation.
Delivering the equipment at an event held at Kamuli Hospital on Saturday 29 Oct. 2016, Speaker Kadaga said the equipment was an outcome of a trip she made to the Uganda North American Association (UNAA) Convention in 2013.
“A Ugandan (living in the US) convinced me to travel to Georgia (after the Convention) where equipment destined to Uganda was lying uncollected,” Kadaga said.
After an extensive discussion with Ugandans and the Coca Cola International, it was agreed that the equipment be shipped and distributed to hospitals that needed it.
“I am glad that the equipment is finally here. It has taken a long time, but the end result is a positive one,” Kadaga said.
The medical equipment was shipped by Coca Cola Uganda under their Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Additionally, following negotiations with government, taxes on the equipment were waived by the Uganda Revenue Authority.
“The equipment should not be moved or stolen; and I direct the hospitals not to charge patients for using it,” said Kadaga.
The Minister of State for Health, Hon. Sarah Achieng Opendi, acknowledged that it was government’s responsibility to provide quality health care to everyone in the country, but that competing priorities made this a challenge.
“We appreciate partners that come in to complement the provision of quality health care to the population,” she said.
She appealed to the district Chief Administrative Officer, to ensure that in instances the required staff are not in place, qualified personnel are recruited to operate the new equipment.
Kamuli General Hospital is a government hospital located in Kamuli Municipality, north of Jinja. The 100 bed facility offers Health Centre II, III and IV services to various patients.
The function was attended by a number of people who included the district leadership, medical personnel and community leaders.