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The water storage tanks have been donated to the hospital by Uganda Breweries Limited as part of the company’s Water of Life Programme.
Through this programme, Uganda Breweries is committed to make tangible contributions to the MDG 7 target to reduce by half the proportion of people in Africa without access to water and adequate sanitation.
Uganda Breweries has so far provided clean water to over 300,000 people across Uganda since 2011.
The Ushs360million facility will give the hospital a combined water storage capacity of approximately 150,000 litres in three reserve tanks.
“As you are aware, water is a major factor in ensuring good hygiene, which in turn ensures better health overall. This increased water capacity means a lot to us because it enables us to serve our large number of patients in a cleaner environment,” said Jinja Hospital Medical Director, Dr. Michael Osinde.
“The donation will also bring a lot of savings on utility bills, which can be crippling for Institutions like ours,” he added.
Jinja Hospital is the largest hospital in eastern Uganda and has a bed capacity of 600 patients. The hospital however serves as a regional referral hospital, one of 13 (thirteen) in Uganda, and serves Bugiri, Iganga, Kaliro, Kamuli, Mayuge, Kayunga and parts of Mukono.
The new water facility will benefit over 360,000 people including patients and health workers on site.
“We frequently admit more than the 600 patients the hospital is designed to manage, and this puts pressure on our facilities. This intervention with regard to water storage is certainly very welcome and useful,” Dr. Osinde said.
Jinja Hospital is also one of the fifteen (15) hospitals in Uganda designated as an Internship Hospitals, where graduates of Ugandan medical schools undergo a year of internship under the supervision of consultants and specialists in designated medical and surgical disciplines.
In 2011, Jinja Hospital put up ordinances to promote hygiene and decongest the hospital wards after the increased number of patients had put unbearable pressure on the bathroom and toilet facilities.
World Water Day has been observed on 22 March since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared 22 March as World Day for Water.