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ROTARY CLUB DONATES SH15M HEART MACHINE TO JINJA HOSPITAL

The officials during the handover of the machine at Jinja hospital

AXEL GALEKU

JINJA: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2022

Jinja Regional Referral Hospital has received a sh15m telemetry machine, a portable device that monitors a patient’s Electrocardiogram (ECG) respiratory rate and oxygen in the heart.

The machine according to the president of Rotary Club of Jinja, Josephine Bichachi, was a joint partnership with Rotary Club of Nsagi, Kampala.

She said the project is intended to donate such machines to referral hospitals across the country.

The machine is one of the keys in guiding doctors (Cardiologists) to assess and monitor heart-related problems of patients that most public referral Hospitals and hospitals across the country do not have apart from Mulago National Hospital.

The president of Rotary Club Nsagi, Irene Luwesi Nakanwagi, said the machine is a joint initiative by Rotarians to save the lives of children and adults suffering from heart-related problems.

“We purchased two machines, each at a cost of sh15m, and Jinja is the first beneficiary, while the second machine will be donated to Mbarara Hospital.

“Next year, we plan to do free heart surgeries for children and are calling upon anybody whose child is having heart-related problems to get in touch with Rotary Clubs across the country for more information,” said Nakanwagi.

The acting Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Angela Namala, said the machine is going to decongest Mulago Hospital by reducing on its number of heart-related referrals.

Rotarian Xavier Sentamu disclosed that plans are underway to open up an eye Hospital in the country and Jinja is one of the areas that have been selected for that cause.

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