Lira Regional Referral Hospital has received a boost of medical equipment worth 1.2 billion shillings from CURE, a United States based charity Organization.
The medical equipment include Oxygen Concentrator, Centrifuge, Cast Dryer, Ultraviolet light, blood warmer, Anesthesia machine, and Incubator Autoclave QC among others.
The donation is part of the wider interventions under the Northern Uganda Health Integration to Enhance Services-NU-HITES project being implemented by Plan International with funding from the United States Agency for International Development- USAID.
Roland Angerer, Regional Director for Plan International says the donation is aimed at supporting the “Saving Mothers, Giving Life” campaign, which seeks to promote safe delivery.
Dr.Cosmas Musumali, the NU-HITES chief of party says the project is benefiting a total of 15 districts including Lira, Gulu, Kitgum and Amuru among others.
He says the the project will continue supporting two critical areas of Intensive Care and Pediatric at government health facilities.
He says the project includes mobilizing and encouraging expectant mothers to embrace antenatal care, recruiting midwives, counselors and supporting the ambulance system to handle referral cases of mothers with complications during birth.
Dr. Edmond Acuke, the Deputy Health Officer Lira district says the donation will go along way to compliment government interventions in providing effective health service delivery.
He says most government medical facilities are hit by lack of vital equipment. Dr. William Oyang, the Acting hospital Director Lira referral hospital welcomed the donation saying it has come at the right time when they are in need of vital equipment.
Merry Adongo, a resident of Ogur Sub County whose child is admitted at the hospital couldn’t hide her excitement about the donation. She says equipping the hospital will stop patients from going to private health facilities, which are costly for certain medical tests.
Lira hospital was upgraded from a district to a regional referral in 2005. It remains the main destination for many patients from district in Lango region, Pader, Agago, Kitgum, Kaberamaido, and Abim districts.
The hospital receives between 150 and 200 patients in the outpatient department each day.