Burkina Faso’s Sanou Named CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2015

Plans are underway to equip regional referral hospitals in Uganda with the capacity to manufacture oxygen to meet their medical needs.

Regional referral hospitals, buy information pills general hospitals, capsule Health Centre IVs and other lower level health facilities face a challenge of having a constant supply of oxygen.

According to Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, “It is only Mulago Hospital that has an oxygen manufacturing plant and tubing systems that can serve every bed.

To address this emergent health concern, a delegation of Members of Parliament of the Committee of Health, met in Turkey to benchmark and seek solutions.

The delegation surveyed options of securing reliable and affordable sources of supply of oxygen for medical use in Uganda.

Dr. Bitekyerezo explained that the Committee of Health is concerned about the cost and availability of medical oxygen in the country.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, who is also with the delegation to Turkey, said that the Ministry, working with Parliament and other stakeholders, is trying to see how they can build the capacity of Uganda’s healthcare system so that it can function better.

“Medical gas systems, particularly oxygen, are extremely important in the efficient delivery of health services,” he noted, adding that, “One of the weaknesses in Uganda’s systems is that health facilities are unable to provide oxygen and yet it is a resource that is needed in emergency cases.”


He revealed that the Ministry has plans to invite the experts to install such technologies and improve the country’s health systems.

Dr. Bitekyerezo explained that the idea is to replicate the oxygen manufacturing systems they have seen in Turkey with the hope of meeting the demand for oxygen by patients in government and private hospitals.

He observed that Turkey has the technology to manufacture and install oxygen-processing plants in every hospital at relatively cheaper costs.

The delegation, which is understudying the oxygen plants in Turkey, includes Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of State for Health; Hon. Dr. Bitekyerezo Medard, Chair, Health Committee; Hon. Dr. Mutono Patrick and Hon. Aol Betty Ocan (Member, Gulu District).

Burkinabé journalist, hospital Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou was Saturday awarded the top prize at the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards Ceremony.

Boowurosigue Sanou was awarded the overall ‘CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year’ Award for his work ‘Nuit du 29 octobre à Azalaï : Nous étions à la chambre 143’, which appeared in Burkinabé daily print newspaper and was chosen from entries spanning 39 nations across the African continent.

Sanou’s work documents the ousting of Blaise Campaore, who had ruled over Burkina Faso for 27 years.

In his acceptance speech, Sanou said, “I feel so lucky to be named CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of Year. My story was about power and how people can fight against it – I’m so proud that the story has been told and will now be remembered. I want to share my prize with all those who work at L’Observateur Paalga.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta, Tim Jacobs, CEO MultiChoice Africa and Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, presented Sanou with the Award at a Gala Awards ceremony held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, in Nairobi.

Chairperson of the judging panel, Ferial Haffajee, said, “Room 143 was a work of enterprise.  Burkina Faso’s parliamentary protest saw Blaise Campaore leave his seat and the country.”

He added, “This was a remarkable moment in a newsworthy year. This feature takes the reader to the night before – the night of the long knives when members of parliament attempted to win sufficient support to extend Campaore’s term.  It was not to be and this story explains why not. A piece of dramatic reporting built on the reporter’s clever decision to take a room (143) in the hotel where the action went down.”

Hyacinthe Boowurosigue Sanou, winner in the Francophone General News Award – Print, was among 32 finalists from 15 countries who attended the Awards ceremony as the culmination of a all-expense paid four day programme of workshops, media forums and networking in Nairobi, Kenya.

According to Deborah Rayner, SVP International Newsgathering TV and Digital, CNN International, the winners really demonstrated the very best of journalism – from powerful investigative journalism through to celebratory stories of hope and change

CEO MultiChoice Africa,  Tim Jacobs congratulated all the winners and said,” Your words and images reflect the reality of our world and attest to the important role the media plays in Africa’s development. As a good corporate citizen, together with our partner, CNN and other sponsors we will continue to invest in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards to ensure increased development and advancement of outstanding journalism across the continent.”

Now in its 20th year, the Awards are supported by a range of prestigious sponsors:  A24 Media, African Development Bank, Dow, Ecobank, GE, IPP Media and MSD (MSD is known as Merck in the U.S. and Canada).

The overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 wins a substantial cash prize and all finalists receive a cash prize, and iPad Air, with runner-ups receiving an iPad mini.

Winners in the individual competition categories are:

Adewale Olugbenga Emosu of, Nigeria won the Culture award, presented by Stephen Isaboke, Regional Director, East Africa, MIH.

Thomas Naadi Bitlegma, Viasat1, Ghana  lifted the African Development Bank Environment Award, presented by Joel Kibazo, Director of Communications and External Affairs at the African Development Bank Group.

Ibrahima Diallo, Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise (RTS), Senegal won the Francophone General News– Electronic Media Award, presented by Greg Beitchman, VP Content Sales & Partnerships, CNN International

Ecobank Economics & Business Award, went to Femi Asu, Punch Newspaper, Nigeria. The award was presented by Richard Uku, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Ecobank.

GE Energy & Infrastructure Award, presented by Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa went to Paul Kelemba, Freelance for The Standard on Saturday, Kenya.

NTV  Kenya’s  Enock Sikolia & Charles Kariuki, got the MSD Health & Medical Award, presented by Hein Garbers, Managing Director, English and Portuguese Africa, MSD.

The Press Freedom Award, presented by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the judging panel went to Zacharie Flash Ndiomo, Cameroon.

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