Mengo Hospital, one of the oldest health facilities in the country and with one of highest number of babies born prematurely, has received a donation of modern equipment worth about50 million shillings, that are hoped to reduce neonatal mortality at the hospital.
The machines were handed over to the hospital today by Dr Bildard Baguma, the Executive Director Joint Medical Stores.
The 40 year old Christian based NGO deals in the import, export and whole sale of medicines and related health supplies.
These donated to the hospital an incubator, pulse oxymeters and baby coats.
“We are ecstatic that we are continuing Christ’s healing mission and contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 3 that pledges to end neonatal and children under age of five mortality rate,” said Dr Baguma
He revealed that they managed to acquire the equipment with support from other stakeholders and thus called upon the hospital management to engage in collaborations with various organizations for more such opportunities.
On behalf of Mengo hospital, Dr Margaret Mpalampa a senior Pediatrician appreciated the JMS support and noted that the equipment will help them in equipping their newly established ward.
“We keep the premature babies born here in Mpereza Ward and to reduce infection risks, we keep the babies brought from outside at Nassolo Children’s ward,” she said.
She pointed out however; that the facility still faces human resource challenges as some nurses are tasked to take care of up to 50 babies each.
Mengo hospital serves as a referral for 294 Health facilities all over Uganda.
According to research, each year over 20,000 babies which make 14% of all babies born in Uganda are born prematurely.