Bank of Uganda has renovated and donated equipment worth millions of shillings to Bwizibwera Health Centre Iv in Mbarara District.
The facelift is part of the corporate social responsibility activities conducted by the central bank which celebrated 50 years of existence in 2016.
Officials said the main objective of this corporate social responsibility event recently held under the theme “Maternal and Child Health Care for a Healthy Society” was to raise funds to promote maternal and child health care in districts (Mbarara, Mbale, Arua and Gulu) where the Bank has a presence.
Speaking at the function deputy governor, BoU Deputy Governor Dr. Louis Kasekende, said in consultation with Mbarara District Officials, Bwizibwera Health Centre IV was identified as beneficiary to the bank’s donation in Mbarara District.
Whereas, the donation was initially for medical equipment to the nominated Health Centre, it was noted during the site visits that the infrastructure at the facility needed a boost hence the extension of the donation to include renovation of the Maternity Ward, MNCAH Building and the Theatre, a water harvest system, solar system and outdoor bathrooms and toilets.
The donation to Bwizibwera Health Centre IV, comprises three delivery beds, an electric infant warmer, electric sterilizer (Autoclave ) 64 Lit, oxygen cylinder and resuscitation apparatus, electric suction pump, 50 bacteria filter for electric suction pump (disposal), Electric Oxygen Concentrator 525KS-DF, Foetal Doppler and five litres of Gel.
Others include two delivery instrument sets, four Waste disposal bin, adult mattresses with PVC cover, 18 pediatric beds, 18 pediatric mattresses with PVC Cover, neonatal bed, patient monitor multi-parameter mindray, 20 drip stand on castors and medicine trolley shelves .
Kasekende said BoU chose the health sector because it “would benefit a large segment of the population and mirror the BoU’s national character and also because of the undeniable impact that improved health has on the growth of our country through improved labour productivity.”
He said easier access to quality health care can reduce the disease burden and the associated costs thereby allowing more time for households to attend to economic activities, earn more and perhaps save and invest more.
“Various empirical research studies have found that health expenditures and health outcomes have significant impact on growth and incomes per capita, either directly or indirectly,” said Kasekende.
The bank also expanded and renovated the Maternity Ward, MNCAH Building and the Theatre.
A water system for rain water harvest which includes water tanks, piping and slab construction has been put in place.
BoU also constructed outdoor bathrooms and pit latrines.
The medical facility also received from BoU a solar system and wiring to power the ward, blood bank fridge and regents fridge.
The Solar system provided will not only provide lighting to the ward but most importantly power the blood bank which was not functional due to high and unrealizable electric power
Officials said the equipped, renovated and expanded maternity ward will now enable four mothers to give birth at the same time in a spacious and sterile environment now equipped with delivery beds, baby warmer, patient monitor and resuscitation equipment.
Mbarara District was represented by the Chairman LCV Capt. J.B Tumusiime who observed that the donation will go a long way in improving the lives of both the patients and medical personnel in Bwizibwera.
Kasekende also participated in planting various trees (shade, fruit and hedge) in the facility.
In attendance was the area MP, Nathan Itungo and top district officials.