CAA donates medical equipment worth Shs20m to Entebbe referral hospital

Wednesday January 29 2020
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L-R. Prof David Kakuba Director General UCAA handing over a patient monitor to the Deputy Medical superintendent Entebbe Regional Referral hospital Dr Martin Opumar. Photos by Eve Muganga

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) on Wednesday donated medical equipment and supplies worth Shs20 millions to Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital.

The donated items are; two oxygen concentrators, two patient monitors, one Refrigerator, two patient mattresses, sunrise including gloves, cotton and gauze among others.

According to the UCAA Director General, Prof David Mpango Kakuba, part of the money used to buy the equipment was raised from the aviation health run which was held in Entebbe on November 10, 2019 while celebrating the International Civil Aviation Authority’s 75th anniversary.

“UCAA is an organisation which operates in a forest of risks. Anytime we can get emergencies, therefore this hospital has to be fantastically equipped because it’s the first point of call in case of any emergencies at Entebbe International Airport. Because of economic hardships in the country, you can’t have everything, so we decided to add on the ones available,” he said.

Mr Robert Mpanga, the Hospital administrator, commended the UCAA for the support saying the hospital had some medical equipment although they weren't enough.

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“We are very pleased to receive these equipment at the right time when we needed them the most. These equipment will be distributed to the respective departments in the hospital for better services,” he said.

He appealed to other development partners to also come out and support the hospital in any way possible.

Mr Mpanga vowed to keep these equipment well and called upon Ugandans to come and made use of them

“It really looks unfair for a Ugandan to be taken abroad, taken to private hospitals yet we have our well-equipped Regional Referral Hospital. Our staffing can accommodate a big number of patients, well enough, our hospital was upgraded from District Hospital to Regional Referral Hospital and we are now 400 staff,” he noted.

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