Uganda Martyrs Hospital Rubaga will today launch a fundraising to help equip the Neonatal Unit that will guarantee effective care for infants.
Ms Anne Nganda, the hospital public relations officer, said the hospital with help of its board and management has been able to get funds for the construction of a new maternity wing but it will need to be equipped with medical instruments.
The wing is expected to be complete by May 2015.
Equipment to buy
“The neonatal unit building has also been covered under this, therefore this money will go to buying equipment such phototherapy machines and pulse oximeter, among others,” she said.
According to Kampala Capital City Authority, the hospital serves a catchment area of 130,000 people with round 6,000 deliveries per year and covers 95 per cent of the expected deliveries in the area.
During the last 20 years Uganda has witnessed improvements in child and maternal health.
However, around 400 mothers die per one million live births and more than 25 new bornes out of 1,000 live births die in the first week of life.
Dr Peter Kibuuka, the hospital director said the they have embarked on upgrading its maternity wing in order to contribute further to the reduction of the new born and infant mortality as well as maternal mortality.
Both areas are crucial indicators for development of Uganda and are part of International Millennium Development goals.
The campaign is expected to run once every year in the period of two years. It will be launched with a mass at Rubaga Hospital.