Korea donates medical equipment to Uganda

The Ministry of Health has received Maternal and Child Health equipment worth $ 257,000 from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The equipment has been received through the World Health Organisation as part of the Maternal and Child Health Project that started in November 2017.

The equipment received include four Infant incubators,128 4-Tier Patient Screens, 40 Mercury Blood Pressure Machine, 34 Examination Bed With Back Rest, 82 Adult Hospital Beds among others.

Dr Diana Atwine receiving the medical equipment consignment from KOICA.

The equipment is to be distributed in two districts of Kamuli and Iganga.
The equipment comes as a second batch of delivery from the Korean Agency in the Maternal and Child Health Outreach Project.

World Health Organisation country representative Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldermariam said that the project aims at health systems strengthening for Maternal and Child Health quality of care services is timely and well aligned with both the country’s social development Agenda and WHO health targets. The project ran from November 2017 to June 2018.

KOICA Director Cham Chun Kin says that in the first batch they distributed two ambulances, four motorcycles and two food trucks all given to Kamuli and Iganga districts.

They also conducted capacity building training for Health workers in immunization, family planning and management of complications of labor and postnatal care.

According to Woldermariam a total of 640 health workers and 210 teachers were trained from the two districts.

Dr Atwine and Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldermariam sign a memorandum of understanding as KOICA Director Cham Chun Kin looks on.

Speaking at the hand over ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Diana Atwine urged health workers to utilize the equipment to improve health services in the districts. ”We want everything that is put in the facility to be used. Actually you find like these BP (Blood Pressure) machines in the facility, in the boxes in the store and in the ward they are not using them.” said Atwine

According to the Assistant District Health Officer of Kamuli, Lyangoba Moses, there has been a number of infantry deaths in Kamuli General Hospital and Kamuli Mission Hospital due to insufficient equipment.

”In the last eleven months of the last financial year, 240 neaunats died in our hospitals and this is because we do not have gadgets: we have only two incubators that are functional in the district,” revealed Lyangoba.