BIG BOOST! Germany donates Ventilators to Mulago & Mbarara Referral Hospitals

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Acting Country Director of the GIZ, Luigina Blaich, International Project Manager of AGNF Ines Voigt, Director of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital together with hospital staff photo credit / GIZ Uganda)

KAMPALA– As Uganda keeps their grip tight in the fight of the global pandemic orchestrated by COVID – 19,  Germany  has extended their support to consolidate the health sector  that was  dented by the virus. 

This week, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany on behalf of his country, His Excellency Matthias Schauer, handed over five ventilators to Dr. Rosemary Byanyima, Deputy Executive Director of the Mulago National Referral Hospital and Dr. Celestine Barigye, Director Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital to  uplift their  status-quo.

The donation of the ventilators  was timely  and comes after the second lockdown which took a toll  in the  months of  June and July and came through from the  German government-supported Hospital Partnerships initiative between Arbeitsgemeinschaft Notfallmedizin Fürth (Institute for Emergency Medical Education) and Makerere University College of Health Science of which Mulago and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospitals are part.

According to the officials, the devices worth UGX 407.5m equivalent to (98,150 EUR) are meant to boost the country’s steadfastness in their response towards  COVID – 19  and provide life-saving oxygen  to the patients. 

“The donation comes as part of a wider support to assist Uganda in managing this crisis, containing the risk of a further spread of the pandemic and mitigate the longer-term effects of Covid-19 through various clinic partnerships and ongoing development programs.

Acting Country Director of the GIZ, Luigina Blaich, International Project Manager of AGNF Ines Voigt, Director of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital together with hospital staff  photo credit / GIZ Uganda) 

While Covid-19 diagnostic, prevention and treatment is crucial, the only promising way to overcome the pandemic are vaccinations. In this light Germany has provided 2.2 billion EUR to the multilateral platform COVAX which aims to distribute vaccines free of charge to developing countries. Uganda has already received 1,6 million doses of vaccine through this channel”. Said H.E Matthias Schauer.

Ambassador Matthias Schauer asssured them that they are to  continue with the support so that  Uganda is capable to manage and contain the pandemic and avert the further risky  spread of the virus.

Representing Mulago and Mbarara Referrals Hospitals  Dr.Rosemary Byanyima and Dr.Celestine Barigye expressed their delight  to the embassy  for being a bridge that has made it possible for the ventilators to be delivered to their  facilities that are usually overwhelmed by huge numbers patients since they are public spaces and are free of charge.

Dr. Celestine Barigye  urged them to continue with  the  support because they are usually constrained  in such hard trying and precedented times.

This is not the first partnership but they have also supported Villa Maria Hospital in Masaka, conducted Advanced Life Saving Trainings to equip the medical practitioners with modern knowledge among others courses.