- NSSF spent Shs 41 million on the assorted items for Arua
- Over 67,000 mothers deliver every year at Arua referral hospital
- NSSF says they want to ensure improved health care and comfortability to mothers
Arua-National Social Security Fund officials have this morning donated beds, mattresses, mosquito nets to mothers at Maternity wards at Arua Regional Referral Hospital.
While delivering the items worth Shs 41 million the Referral hospital, Michael Mugisa, official of NSSF, said: “We have targeted the maternity wards because we need improved health services. We would like to save the lives of mothers who come to deliver here and also seek health services comfortably.”
He said NSSF has spent Shs 366 million to conduct the social corporate responsibility countrywide where similar donations were made to other hospitals across the country. There has been outcry from the mothers and hospital directors about shortage of delivery beds, mattresses and provision of beds.
Top: RDC Peter Debele handing over the items to Acting Hospital Director, Dr Alex Adaku and a mother who has delivered happy about the donations. Photos by Felix
The Hospital Director, Dr Alex Adaku, said: “If you come to this hospital, one would really see that the output of delivery of services needs to be improved especially in maternity wards because we have only 37 midwives who handle high number of mothers who come to deliver here.”
He said there was need for other Corporate institutions to work hard and see that the power crisis in the hospital is improved. “There is a lot of expectation from the public to see improved services. We have been trying hard with the few staff and meager resources to offer better health care. So these items will help us a lot,” he said.
The LC3 Chairman for Arua Hill Division, Nesma Ocokoru, said: “Saving lives of these mothers is important because even me I am a potential candidate to use what you have given here. They should be put into right use. And the maternity wards need stable electricity so that we avert cases where mothers die due to lack of electricity from the theatres. Government needs to plan for the people so that we improve health care systems.”
The Guest of Honour, the Resident District Commissioner, Peter Debele, said the management should keep safe the items. “We appreciate this because some organizations do not cater much for the patients. In this response that you (NSSF) has made, would help our mothers from suffering from shortage of beds and protect themselves and the babies with the mosquito nets.”