BY ALEX TAREMWA
The plight of mothers has been the theme for the Easter Semester Health Awareness Week.
To demonstrate its commitment to this cause, Uganda Christian University (UCU) painted the maternity ward at Mukono Health Centre IV a week ago.
Speaking at the completion of this exercise recently, Mr David Mugawe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development and External Relations, applauded the administration for the commitment to the well-being of the mothers in the country and a continued cordial relationship with the university.
“The Health Awareness Week is designed not only to benefit members of the university but also the community around us and that is why we reach out to provide solutions to societal problems,” he said.
Mukono Health Centre IV has been ranked the best performing country-wide for the second year running. According to the hospital statistics, 5,761 mothers who delivered babies here last year, 732 gave birth through Caesarean section. In addition, the health centre registers over 12,000 antenatal visits a year and performs over 600 deliveries every month.
Dr Robert Kasirye, a senior medical officer at the centre who also doubles as the administrator, told The Standard in an interview that although this is an impressive record, the hospital is still crippled with challenges in infrastructure, human resource and drug supply.
He however thanked UCU, particularly Save The Mothers, for the continued partnership with the centre and caring about the safety of women in Uganda.
“Most of our staff here are Save The Mothers alumni and they are doing exceptionally well. We also have interns from UCU in the wards and laboratories, and that’s a relationship we would want to keep,” Kasirye said.
Save The Mothers, under the leadership of Dr Jean Chamberlain, has worked with the health centre before in constructing a shelter under which the mothers rest during antenatal visits and during immunisation.
Mukono Health Centre IV, which recently went hi-tech with a digital data entry system and a forensic laboratory, also employs UCU IT graduates and interns whose expertise Dr Kasirye says is the benchmark of the health centre’s technological revolution.
“The system has three colour codes: red (for very sick), green (for moderate) and yellow (not very sick). Once a patient is coded red, he or she is attended to before the others,” he said.
The innovation, codenamed ICT4MPower, is a computer-enhanced programme used to capture information about patients. It is the first of its kind in any government-aided health centre in the country and is sponsored by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).