4,000 Ugandan Children Born With Heart Complications


website geneva;”>Dr. Omagino is the reason behind the many successful open heart surgeries at Mulago Hospital.

page geneva;”>It was his spirited passion and attested good governance at the Heart Institute that a decision was taken to grant them autonomy within Mulago Hospital complex.

Rotary has also provided support to this institute in form of equipment.

“Dr. Omagino has used his vocation to offer life to the many heart patients that had given up. He has withstood the usual challenges to say ‘yes we can’ and is truly doing it,” said Godfrey Byekwaso, the Rotary Club of Kiwatule (RCK) President at the awards ceremony in Kampala on October 24, 2012.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Dr Omagino warned Ugandans that the heart disease (cardiac arrest) was set to become the number one killer in Uganda.

“Heart disease has come from a number which has not been talked about to the number three (killer disease), but in the next 20 years, it will become the number 1 and we will be at par with the first world,” he warned.

Dr. Omagino further revealed that today, up to 4,000 children in Ugandan are born with heart related complication.

He attributed the increases of heart disease in Uganda to the changing lifestyles of Ugandans.

“The biggest cause is because people don’t exercise, smoking, eating wrong diets. You must eat food which is rich in vegetables and fruits,” he said.

In addition, he called for personal health audits every two years so that people can know the status of their health. “Everyone should take off a day in a year to take a health audit. The time to act is now its not tomorrow,” he said.

Last year, Ms. Aidha Nalule Ssemukutu, 81, the longest serving Midwife in Uganda was successfully nominated and awarded the Vocational Service Award 2011/12 of the Rotary Club of Kiwatule.

Her award was inspired by her 64 years of dedication and commitment to her Vocation midwifery. Aidah’s career demonstrated a personal commitment to deliver both the UN’s 5th and 6th Millennium Development Goals on Reducing Child Mortality and Improving Maternal Health respectively.

The 2011/12 Vocational Service Award was an opportunity for the Rotary Club of Kiwatule to do its bit in shining a light on how critical maternal health is in the world in general and to Uganda in particular.

The UNFPA and UNICEF have in the recent past reported a national crisis over Uganda’s critical shortage of midwives which nobody seems to do anything about. As a midwife for 64 years by 2011.

Below are the profiles of nominees for the RCK Vocational Service Award 2012/13. The winner was voted by members of the Rotary Club of Kiwatule who voted for 5 key personalities. Below are the profiles of other Nominees.

David Magara

Has served in Uganda Police Force since 1974. Prior to that was a Grade Two Primary School Teacher. Served in Uganda Police for 38 Years in various capacities including but not limited to being a Trainer, CID, General Duties where he was DPC and Deputy Regional Police Commander for Kampala.

Together with then Col Elly Kayanja stated Operation Wembley which he later solely transformed to VCCU, later renamed RRU and rolling it out to the entire country.

Dr. Sebale Kato, CEO Case Clinic.

Has facilitated the RCK Medical Outreach for the past 4 years inspite of knowing little about Rotary. Has facilitated a camp for spinal surgery for the underprivileged for free for the past 5 years. Has facilitated Watoto Kids treatment at Case for the past 10 years. Is a reknown Gastroenterologist/Surgeon and Entrepreneur.

Mr. Rwanjezi, Director, Ndere Troupe

A primary teacher who has changed many disadvantaged but talented young people lives from different parts of Uganda through music, dance and drama. Through Mr Rwanjezi’s innovation and discipline, these girls and boys have been school and graduated in various fields e.g. Business Administration, Catering, Teaching, Industrial Art, etc

Bishop John Baptist Odama

He is a Clergy (Archbishop, Gulu Diocese)

He was instrumental in brokering peace to end the 24 year LRA war in northern Uganda. He personally met with LRA leader Joseph Kony and through the Catholic Church, he was involved in the Justice and Peace Commission in promoting dialogue as a way of addressing the conflict. Through Caritas, the Church provided humanitarian aid throughout the region during the war period.

Bishop Odama was pro-non violent means of ending the conflict, supported amnesty, and peace talks. Through the inter-religious groups, promoted advocacy for peace at local and international levels.

He became Archbishop in 1999 and in 2002 set up Acholi Religious Leaders Initiative with a goal to bring peace to the region. He is the Chairperson, Episcopical Conference. He is a member and is greatly involved in Caritas.


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