The country’s biggest telco, MTN Uganda’s charity hand MTN Foundation has on Monday donated 100 beds to nine health centers under the jurisdiction of the Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA). The beds and amenities including mattresses, bed sheets, blankets and mosquito nets were handed over to
Jennifer Musisi the Executive Director, KCCA by Anthony Katamba, the General Manager, Corporate Services MTN Uganda at Kawaala Health Center.
Other donated items include 100 mattresses, 100 bed sheets, 100 blankets and 100 mosquito nets.
This is part of the broader MTN Foundation’s support to the health sector through its “Access to Healthcare” initiative.
“This donation will go a long way in addressing the shortage of beds in the health centers around the city. Access to beds is essential in ensuring quality healthcare for Ugandans. Low bed capacity in health centers results in people sleeping on the floor, which is often uncomfortable and below the minimum standards for health care,” said Katamba.
According to a 2012 report from Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U) on the state of regional referral hospitals in Uganda, most facilities and equipment in these hospitals countrywide are in a state of disrepair. Bed capacity in hospitals and health centers is still low resulting into overcrowding and poor quality care of inpatients. The nine health centers set to benefit from this donation include Kisugu, Komamboga, Kisenyi, Kitebi and Kawaala.