Stanbic Bank Bwamiramira and Kagadi Branches have donated consignment of medical equipments worth 10 million to Kagadi general Hospital in a bid to boost the maternal health care in Kagadi District.
Part of the consignment including 100 Mama Kits, 5 blood pressure machines, 12 mattresses, 60 Mosquito nets, 3 beds including 1 delivery bed were handled over to the district leaders in the Art shade at Kagadi hospital in Kagadi town council Kagadi District.
Meble Nsemere the Regional manager Stanbic bank said the move aimed reducing maternal mortality and improving maternal health by equipping the hospital with medical items since it serves patients from Ntoroko, Kikube, Kibaale, Kyenjojo districts.
The Medical superintendent Kagadi General Hospital Gregory Kaijamurumbi while addressing different stakeholders said between 300-600 babies are delivered weekly on the facility and hence to need to lobby for more equipment.
The LCV Chairperson Kagadi Ndibwami B Yosia warned civil servants against abscordement of duty hence lack of manpower that the facility.
The Member of Parliament Musana Eric Acaali informed the meeting that critical demand for the hospital including staffing gaps, health infrastructure has been submitted to the Ministry of Health for consolidation.
In his closing remarks the Resident District Commissioner Kagadi Nicholas Kamukama thanked Stanbic bank for the consignment and urged residents to regularly go for medical checkups for health monitoring.
One out of every 49 women in Uganda die of maternal complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. According to UNICEF, Uganda’s mortality rate is about 440 deaths per 100,000 births, implying that about 16 mothers die every day.
Even with the significant improvements made towards maternal health care especially with investment in antenatal and neonatal specialized treatment, the numbers of maternal deaths are still devastating. This poses an urgent need for quick solutions from various stakeholders to join hands in ensuring all pregnant mothers have access to quality and affordable healthcare services.