NTUNGAMO- The number of safe deliveries amongst expectant mothers has scaled up at Kitwe Health centre IV in greater Ruhaama county Ntungamo district following an intervention by the Rotary Club International to inject $80,000 US dollars (UGX 320M) at the facility.
According to Dr Okello Ambrose the Kitwe Health Centre IV in charge attributed this progress to concerted efforts by the Rotary Club of Tongyoung Eroom-South Korea through the Makindye, Kisaasi Kyanja and Ntungamo District supported the health facility with a medically equipped ambulance, medical equipments and a solar back-up system.
Dr Okello revealed that before the donations from Rotary Club, they normally use smartphones or torches in the theatre when power goes off during caesarean section which puts a pregnant woman at risk of losing her dear life.
However, he noted since they received medical equipment more expectant mothers delivering at the health facility have now doubled to 250 on a monthly basis due to safe deliveries.
He asked the government to increase the number of staffing in order to improve on service delivery since Kitwe HCIV has only 13 health workers instead of 49.
In her response, the Ntungamo District Woman MP Hon Beatrice Rwakimaari assured the general public that she will continue advocating for the increase of bill wage on the floor of parliament such that the staffing challenge can be addressed drastically.
Hon Rwakimaari who is also a member of Rotary Club Makindye appreciated the splendiferous role done by the Rotary club as part of its efforts to reduce infant and maternal mortality rate in Ntungamo District and the country at large.
She revealed that it was through her membership that enabled her to lobby for machines commanding the members for supporting her request.
While receiving the Ambulance and solar back system on Friday at Kitwe Health Centre IV in Ruhaama East County, the deputy RDC Ntungamo Byarugaba Isaiah Kanyamahaane hailed the NRM government for the peace that has enabled charity organizations such as Rotary to supplement government efforts of extending health services to the communities.
Kanyamahaane cautioned the staff against mishandling the donated medical equipment but rather put them in good use.
The President Rotary Club Makindye Kampala Lillian Nkwenge Abwooli said that a well-equipped facility will stop mothers from using traditional birth attendants at village levels.
President Nkwenge commended the Rotarians for serving above self in order to save people’s lives.
Present were Nyeete Japheth from who represented DHO, Ven Rev Can Ronald Kakye the archdeacon Rukoni, Byamukama Emmanuel the town clerk Kitwe Town council, Rotarians and leaders among others.
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