MTN Uganda Foundation last week donated hospital equipment to Oriajin Hospital based in Arua as part of its Access to Health Care initiative project. The donation will benefit hundreds of patients from the West Nile region and neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo who frequent one of Northern Uganda’s busiest public hospitals.
During the handover ceremony, the 20 hospital beds, 20 hospital mattresses, 20 hospital blankets and 20 mosquito nets were received by officials from Orijuan Hospital.
The handover is part of various corporate social responsibility efforts MTN Uganda has carried out through the MTN Uganda Foundation. MTN Foundations UGX 500m Access to Health Initiative CSR project aims to impact needy hospitals across the country.
Speaking at the event, MTN Uganda’s Senior Manager Corporate Affairs, Ms. Justina Ntabgoba was delighted with the work done by Oriajin Hospital in provision of quality health care in Arua since its inception in 1984.
“We are happy to see that Oriajin Hospital is playing a huge role in the delivery of health and medical services to thousands of people in the West Nile region. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “good health and well-being” which targets “access to quality essential health-care services” is an essential part of the Sustainable Development Goals” said Ms. Ntabgoba.
Adding, “This donation is our way of encouraging the management and staff of Orijuan Hospital that your work is very important; you touch lives every day and may our contribution today be a boost to your work.”
MTN Uganda Foundation Manager Mr. Bryan Mbaasa said that the donation was a small gesture in appreciation of this hard work with the hope that more lives will be impacted.
Low bed capacity in health centers results in people sleeping on the floor, which is often uncomfortable and below the minimum standards for health care. According to a 2012 report from Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) on the state of regional referral hospitals in Uganda, most facilities and equipment in these hospitals countrywide are in a state of disrepair. Bed capacity in hospitals and health centers is still low resulting into overcrowding and poor quality care of inpatients.
Arua District Health Officer Dr. Anguzu was represented by Medicines and Supplies Inventory Manager, Margaret Bayoru as the Chief Guest. Dr. Bayoru noted that MTN’s donation was timely and the first in the region.
“MTN’s donation will undoubtedly boost service delivery at Oriajin and the community. As you may have noticed, we have been grappling with poor facilities to host our patients and doctors’ accommodation for a long while now. The level of morale has been noticeably low in the past, but this is starting to look up now. If it is not too much to ask, consider improving transportation in the area by donating an ambulance to this community.’
Dr. Bayoru decried the dependence of the residents on traditional healers and encouraged them all to adopt proactive health seeking behavior at the established hospitals. She pledged the District’s support to all donors.
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