By Goodluck Musinguzi
Hon Faith Nakut, Woman Member of Parliament Napak District has donated a Land cruiser ambulance to St Kizito Hospital Matany that she bought at shs200 million given to her by parliament to buy a personal car.
St. Kizito Hospital Matany is a Private Not-For-Profit (PNFP) institution with social and spiritual objectives, belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Moroto (North-Eastern Uganda).
It was built at the beginning of the 70’s with the help of MISEREOR (a German Church Organisation) on request of the Comboni missionaries and has since then provided a very essential comprehensive package of medical/health services to the population of the Karamoja region.
The region is an extremely remote, underdeveloped and relatively insecure region of Uganda with very poor health indicators. The hospital capacity constitutes 226 beds distributed through the departments of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Tuberculosis, Paediatrics and Surgery.
Other services provided by the hospital include: the diagnostic laboratory, diagnostic imaging, general surgery, orthopaedics and physiotherapy, counselling, the HIV/AIDS clinic, the antenatal clinic and prevention of mother to child transmission as well as human resource development to meet the hospital needs.
Annexed to the Hospital is a Nursing and Midwife School, a Human Resource Development Centre and an Air Strip. Due to its relatively well developed and well maintained infrastructure, the hospital is a de facto regional referral health facility for the entire Karamoja Region.
This includes the neighbouring districts of Teso (Amuria, Katakwi, Soroti) and annually admits 11 – 12,000 inpatients and consults 40,000 outpatients.
The hospital depends entirely on the inhabitants of Matany for its support staff and a few skilled laborers, thus not only providing employment opportunities to the community but it also creates a symbiotic co-existence between the hospital and its neighbourhood. Importantly, this also embodies a sense of ownership of the hospital facilities and its services by the community.
The Matany Hospital functions in accordance with the National Hospital Policy of the Republic of Uganda with technical guidance from the Uganda Catholic Medical Bureau (UCMB) as well as Moroto District Health Office, local authorities, and other partners in the Health sector (including our service beneficiaries).
St. Kizito Hospital Matany’s maternity ward is renowned for its good performance in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternity Care, Neonatal Care, Eclectic Cesarean section and Endoscopic Surgery in Napak and neighboring districts. The primary concern of the department is to exceed patients’ expectations and make their stay as comfortable as possible.
Hon Faith Nakut found it befitting to support this hospital that has done a lot for the region. The people who attended thanked the Woman MP for having a golden heart. She substituted her comfort with the community that elected her.
The terrain of Napak district needs a strong vehicle that can serve the community very well.