By Goodluck Musinguzi
Rotary International President, RIP Shekhar Metha, is visiting Uganda and Tanzania to promote Maternal and Child Health as one of the seven areas of focus of Rotary international.
Kawempe National Referral Hospital was chosen as a focal beginning point because the facility has been grappling with high patient numbers and mortality deaths.
The Hospital receives over 4000 pregnant women a month from all parts of the country and delivers an average of 100 babies daily.
Maternal health remains a staggering challenge particularly in the developing world. Globally a woman dies from complications in childbirth every minute.
Anne Juuko , Chief Executive, Stanbic Bank Uganda said “Increasing the maternal survival rate is an important goal for the community because it shows that they are addressing the one thing that binds communities together.”
This program complements Stanbic Bank’s ongoing Maternal Health campaign currently running under the theme ‘#EveryMotherCounts‘ where, alongside our partners, we are contributing money and items to deal with the maternal health challenge.” said Anne Juuko.
Kawempe National Referral Hospital received equipment of patient trolleys, monitors, ultrasound machine,heavy duty suction machine, patient dopplers from Stanbic Bank Uganda and partners under their Maternal Health Drive early this year.
Dr Diana Atwine , Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health was quoted saying early this year
“I thank Stanbic Bank for the kind contribution. We are sure that this contribution will provide clean and safe delivery to our mothers at Kawempe Referral Hospital especially at this critical time when the country is battling the pandemic”
The Rotary International President together with the First Lady Rashi and
CEO Anne Juuko toured the Kawempe Hospital neonatal center ahead of the launch of the program, a project of the Rotary District 9213
Again Stanbic together with the other partners have also donated mama kits, oxygen concentrators, diapers, laryngoscopes-neonatal blades, and other items to Kawempe National Referral Hospital while accompanying the Rotary International President.
The hospital had the highest number of maternal deaths at 116, followed by Hoima (46), Masaka (38), Fort Portal (37), and Mbale RRH (33) according to the 2019/2020 Annual Health Sector Performance Report.
Serve to Change Lives, and other partners in a new multi-partner Maternal, and Child Health (MCH) program dubbed “saving mothers and children together”.
Christopher Nsamba, the World Record Holder for building the Largest baby Incubator explained how it works.
He thanked the Rotary International President for visiting Kawempe National Referral Hospital which is one of the biggest hospitals in terms of delivering children in Africa.
Nsamba is working on other incubators that will help to save lives of children.