Dr. Joris Vanderputten a 42 years old medical expert from Netherlands and Chief Executive Officer of the uptown Kampala Hospital finds no trouble naming Uganda amongst the most flexible and hardworking nations in the world.
Chimpreports’ Michael Ntezza caught up with him his office in Kololo and he had a mouthful on Uganda’s health care, drug http://channelingerik.com/wp-content/plugins/cleantalk-spam-protect/inc/cleantalk-common.php excellent climate and chaotic road users.
Who is Dr. Joris Vanderputten?
Joris is a 42yr old family man born in Netherlands, unhealthy a qualified doctor specializing in Tropical medicine, order surgery, pediatrics and public Health. I am a married man with three kids. I have worked in Tanzania, in a district hospital; that’s where is started to generate love for Africa, its peoples and culture.
Briefly take us through your childhood
During my childhood days, I liked sporting activities most of my time. I had a lot of interest in scientific subjects like maths, physics, biology and chemistry. I think becoming a doctor was the most logical decision. My Dad is a vet, my mother is a physiotherapist and most of my uncles and aunties were also doctors.
How did you join Kampala hospital?
I got in touch with Investors who told me they wanted to set up the hospital in Kamala and that they needed a CEO. I joined Kampala hospital in April 2014 after being chosen as the successful candidate. I heard of this job from Netherlands as I was looking for consultancy work in Africa. It was a long process; I had to take numerous flights from Netherlands where I was staying with my family to hold interviews in Uganda. It also took me some time and effort to complete the process of getting a work permit and immigrations documents, but it was all worth it.
Tell us a little bit about Kampala Hospital
The idea of establishing Kampala hospital was conceived in 1995 by a group of medical doctors, other professionals in Uganda and the hospital was opened in 2007.
The intention of establishing this hospital was to bring non-existent services to the country, that were sought by many people who frequently moved abroad to get say complex surgery operations like neurosurgeon.
Another reason for establishment of this hospital was to create employment for Ugandan doctors who are experienced but lack employment
How far have you reached in realizing some of these dreams?
To a larger extent we have managed because we have put in place a number of modern machines in our theatres with well-trained surgeons to carry out operations that are really serious.
We have our hospital facilities open to all qualified medical practioners who may have patients in need of surgery but have no equipment and a convenient place to do the surgery.
The hospital is currently employing over seventy doctors and other support staff
What challenges has Kampala Hospital faced in its period of operation?
We have faced a problem of lack of qualified engineers to service and maintain our machines; to the extent that once a machine breaks down we have to bring in an engineer from outside.
The Hospital used to face a problem of unstable electricity power leading to the use of a generator which is costly.
What makes Kampala Hospital different from other Health facilities in Uganda?
Unlike other health facilities at Kampala Hospital we have got a various types of doctors including part-time doctors from top medical facilities like Mulago to supplement on our full-time staff thus ensuring that our patients are well catered for.
We have a number one private wing section well equipped with all necessities that a patient needs.
We have questionnaire for our patients where we engage them on how to improve our services and we don’t take their advice for granted.
What difference do Ugandan doctors have compared to other doctors on the international market?
Ugandan doctors are very good because most of them are fluent in speaking English as well as eager to learn new things
We understand that Kampala Hospital is rebranding. Tell us more about the thinking behind this.
It’s true we are rebranding on Tuesday next week and it is a big function on which we are going to unveil to the public all that is offered at Kampala Hospital
Re branding is going to help us a lot in establishing ourselves among our customers especially those who didn’t know much about our services and location.
What are the future plans for Kampala Hospital?
We are planning to expand it from a seventy bed hospital to two hundred bed facility of course will all the necessary medical equipment.
What have found interesting during your one and half year stay in Uganda?
Ugandans are very welcoming people, they are ambitious and very hard working, if you want something done tomorrow, they’ll tell you, yes it can be done tomorrow. That’s not quite the case in the Netherlands.
But the food…It’s mostly matooke, beans and posho. Back home people have dishes from all over the world as well as art and music. Also the family life here is quite traditional; people have so many children.
On the road, it’s quite chaotic. There are no rules, except when you drive into traffic police. If it’s a two way road, you see people creating the third lane and the forth lane, and then block the traffic from the other side! I think that jam in Kampala is not caused by the number of cars but the way Ugandans drive.
But the good thing is that when you are in the jam, it’s not boring; there’s a lot going on, you see people pacing around you on bodas, you could actually do all your shopping in the jam, people are selling all sorts of things; newspapers, shoes …”
The environment is fantastic. It’s not like anything I have seen elsewhere in the world. It’s here that it rains heavily in the morning and in the afternoon it is shining bright.
What do you do over the weekends?
I usually go to Game parks like Lake Mburo national park where I enjoy the weekend with my family in a cool natural environment which is not here in the city
At times I go out and enjoy live music at places like Gatomato, Live Mic and other places in town
Advice to Ugandans?
I call upon all Ugandans before preparing to go abroad for any surgery and treatment; they should make consultations with medical experts here.
Many of them waste a lot of time and resource travelling outside the country while something could have been sorted out here.
Police in Nansana are investigating circumstances under which a one and half year old girl got burnt with hot porridge while left under the care of a house maid.
The incidence happened on Wednesday at around 7:00pm in Nansana Zone II while her mother walked out a visitor.
The maid Faisal Birungi who was grilled by police for more than three hours narrated that she had gone to the washrooms when she heard the child making a loud cry and on coming out she found the baby had been burnt with porridge.
The girl was rushed to Mulago hospital, pharmacy http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-f92f63f056deab9dbecbd8c1fa3de0f6.php and after preliminary treatment was taken to Ruth Gay Lord Hospital in Maganjo for continuous treatment. On realizing no improvement, shop she was referred back to Mulago.
The father, approved Wilfred Komaketch who was on his way to Arua for a job interview by the time of the incident, commended police which took up the investigations and had the maid arrested.
“She was however was released on police bond and she is back at my home. At this time I don’t want to apportion blame to any person but I pray that justice will prevail,” KomaKetch told Chimpreports.
Police has registered an assault case on file number Reg. 23/19/06/015.