Kinyara Sugar Ltd donates beds to Masindi Hospital

The items worth 10 million shillings were donated this afternoon.

Masindi: Kinyara Sugar Limited has donated 10 beds, 10 mattresses, and 10 pillows to the maternity department at Masindi district general hospital.

The total cost of these items amounts to 10 million shillings and was donated on Tuesday, May 7, 2024.

Aldon Walukamba, the corporate communications manager at Kinyara Sugar Ltd, highlighted the need for additional beds in the maternity ward.

He said the decision to donate the items aims to supplement the existing resources and improve patient care.

Walukamba mentioned that Kinyara Sugar Ltd plans to make such donations annually. He added that the company’s vision extends beyond the maternity ward, as they hope to donate more beds to other hospital wards, including those for male, female, and pediatric patients.

Ravi Ramalingam, the company’s general manager, emphasized that supporting government institutions like health centers and schools is part of their social corporate responsibility.

‘’By contributing to the well-being of the community, Kinyara Sugar Ltd demonstrates commitment to making a positive impact beyond its core business operations.’’

Dr. Moses Mbabazi, the acting Masindi General Hospital Medical Superintendent, expressed gratitude for the donation.

However, he highlighted some challenges faced by the hospital, which include inadequate space, noting that while they will replace the old beds with new ones, the maternity ward still lacks sufficient space.

‘’The hospital faces power instability due to the absence of a standby generator, and in addition, water availability remains a challenge on the hospital premises.’’

Sister Penlope Kabasomi, the Maternity Ward In-Charge, highlighted the issue of inadequate space in the maternity ward.

‘’To address this, the hospital repurposed the male ward to accommodate mothers who have just delivered. After monitoring for about an hour in the maternity ward, they are shifted to the former male ward, which has more space,’’ she said.

Frances Caningom, the acting principal nursing officer, emphasized the staffing challenges, particularly with midwives.

‘’Instead of the ideal four midwives per shift, we often have only two, or sometimes just one. Fortunately, intern students provide additional support during these understaffed periods,’’ she added.

According to data from Masindi Hospital, they handle a significant number of deliveries each day, approximately 10 to 20 mothers.

About the hospital

Masindi Hospital has a rich history, dating back to its construction in the 1920s as a dispensary for Uganda Railways.

Initially serving 50,000 people, it now plays a crucial role in providing healthcare to over 500,000 individuals across Nakasongola, Kiryandongo, Buliisa, and Hoima districts.

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Innocent Atuganyira

Innocent Atuganyira is a resilient multimedia journalist, a born of the oil-rich Buliisa district but working in Masindi District, Mid-Western Uganda. Contact: +256786816091/ WhatsApp +256757022363

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