Health Centers Receive Lifesaving Equipment

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The health facilities in eight districts of Gulu, Arua, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Bundibudyo, Abim, Amudat and Kitgum will receive delivery beds and sets, caesarian section sets, sterilization machines, weighing scales, incubators, theater equipment including operating tables, theatre lights and anesthetic machines.

Ninety five health centers across the country will receive lifesaving equipment and supplies worth 2.3 billion Shillings from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The health facilities in eight districts of Gulu, Arua, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Bundibudyo, Abim, Amudat and Kitgum will receive delivery beds and sets, caesarian section sets, sterilization machines, weighing scales, incubators, theater equipment including operating tables, theatre lights and anesthetic machines.

The centers will also receive family planning equipment like vasectomy sets.

The distribution of this equipment will commence this week with the support of UNFPA.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at the World Food Programme (WFP) Ware House at Nalukolongo, the UNFPA country representative  Esperance Fundira said that the equipment will help reduce on the number of mothers who die while giving birth due to lack of equipment in health facilities.

Ms Fundira also advised government to bridge the midwifery gap as these are critical cadres of in lives of women and babies.

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Almost 1,000 women die in childbirth and two million babies don't survive the first 24 hours of their lives, according to the latest figures from the United Nations Population Fund.

One midwife in Uganda delivers between 350 and 500 babies every year, more than double what is recommended by World Health Organisation of one midwife per 175 live births annually.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).