The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Tuesday kicked off its community initiatives as part of the Customer Connect Week, decease in which it will donate medical equipment worth UGX 370 Million to five health facilities to enhance accessibility of medical health services in Uganda.
While handing over the medical equipment, more about Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) at Buganda Road play grounds Stevens Mwanje, web the NSSF Head of Sales & Operations, said that health care is a fundamental aspect of social security and is an essential need of every society because it impacts on work productivity.
“This is our contribution to a better life for our citizens, which is in line with our social responsibility agenda, in addition to our statutory mandate to provide social security to private sector workers in Uganda, but as a responsible institution it’s our endeavour to improve the quality of life of our communities through the various initiatives we undertake from time to time,” Mwanje said.
The Director, Uganda Heart Institute, Dr John Omagino, applauded the NSSF for the kind gesture, saying the donation will boost the capacity of the institute to offer better services to thousands of patients with cardiovascular and thoracic diseases it receives annually. The institute receives more than 12,000 visitors per year.
“Space and funding have been some of the challenges in executing better services but improving our health system calls for a collaborative approach with the government, and today’s gesture by the NSSF is a welcome call,” Dr Omagino said.
Besides the Uganda Heart Institute, other outreaches by the Fund this week will include;
Kawaala Health Centre where medical equipment worth UGX 74.8 Million will be given to its maternity and post-natal facility; Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to receive equipment worth UGX 53.2 Million for the Neonatal Unit. This will include an incubator, oxygen concentrator and electric suction machine, among others; Soroti Regional Referral Hospital will have a facelift of the maternity ward and hospital beds worth UGX 76.6 Million; and Hope for Humans, an NGO in Kitgum that provides health care to underprivileged persons will receive UGX 66.7 Million.