KABALE– The Kabale Municipality Member of Parliament Dr. Nicholas Thaddeus Kamara has donated an Ultrasound Scan to Kamukira Health Centre IV to help expectant mothers save over UGX 72M spent annually on paying for screening from private health service providers.
Hon. Kamara delivered the Ultra Sound Scan valued at Ugx 12M on Wednesday, after paying an extra Ugx 5m to train a midwife who will be in charge of using the machine.
Kamukira Health Centre IV has been operating without an Ultrasound Scan until two months ago when the hospital received one from the government. However, the Hospital management explained that the available machine would be overwhelmed by the number of patients seeking for scan services, yet there was even no expert to operate it.
Dr. Kamara explained that he developed the idea to buy the UltraSound Scan after finding out that expectant mothers from Kabale Municipality were paying Ugx 20,000 to get services from private clinics, while others would brave the scorching sun and trek kilometers to seek for help from the already overwhelmed Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.
Kamara also noted that he also wanted to help medical officers at Kamukira Health Centre IV to carry out quick diagnosis on Expectant mothers by using the digital machine which is faster and more accurate than the stethoscope which has been the only available tool to use in detecting abnormalities in pregnancies.
CUE IN …KAMARA ON SCAN FOR KAMUKIRA
The in-charge of Kamukira Health Centre IV Daniel Tumwesigye explained that they receive over 300 expectant mothers who need Ultrasound Scan services on a monthly basis, and they have been referring them to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital for diagnosis due to lack of the equipment and the experts.
CUE IN …TUMWESIGYE ON SCAN
The Chairperson of Southern Division in Kabale Municipality Macklean Batware applauded Dr. Kamara for listening to the cries of the women in his constituency asking other political leaders to champion mobilization of mothers to utilize the UltraSound Scan donated to Kamukira Health Centre IV.
CUE IN …BATWARE ON SCAN
The Chairperson of Kamukira Health Centre IV Management Committee Peter Nsaba also thanked Dr. Kamara for not only buying the Ultrasound Scan, but also paying for the training of the midwife who is going to supervise is usage. Nsaba also used the opportunity to inform Dr. Kamara that Kamukira HC. IV has a theater that has been non-functional for 10 years due to lack of a few items like trolies.
CUE IN …NSABA ON SCAN AND THEATER
Dr. Kamara revealed that he has already forwarded the issue of the theater to the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health and Dr. Diana Atwiine promised to respond accordingly.
Meanwhile this is the fifth of generosity by Hon. Kamara since he assumed office as Kabale Municipality MP about four months ago. He recently launched a piggery project covering all the 72 cells that make up Kabale Municipality.
In July, the Professional Doctor turned politician launched a charity project christened “Rodney Fund” to support medical officers who fall sick in line of duty at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital and the surrounding health facilities. This was after finding out that the medical workers were struggling to meet costs of their own treatment when they contracted COVID-19.
Later, Hon. Kamara donated 10 tonnes of maize flour through a Local radio station to support vulnerable people whose livelihood was severely affected by the COVID-19 lock-down.
Recently, the legislator also delivered maize grains reportedly donated by the Government through NAADS to support farmers who intend to grow maize in the coming current planting season.