Elizabeth Glaser Foundation Donates Structure to Mbarara Hospital

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Dr. Mary Namubiru, the South Western Director USAID RHITES, who handed over the structure, said it will strengthen the hospitals health system and play a vital role to keep children safe and healthy.

Mbarara Referral Hospital has received a new structure to accommodate child patients, thanks to the Elizabeth Glaser Foundation.  The prefabricated structure worth Shillings 60 million has a 20 bed capacity.
 
 
Professor Julius Kiwanuka, the head of Pediatrics and Children's health at Mbarara regional referral hospital, says the structure will help in improving service delivery as well as the well-the being of children in South Western Uganda.
 

According to Kiwanuka, the structure will provide space for assessing and treating children brought to the hospital. He however, says they intend to subdivide the structure into two to provide space for children and their attendants who have been sleeping on the floor.
 
 
According to Kiwanuka, on average between 15 and 20 children are admitted at the hospital on a daily basis yet they ward can only handle 70 inpatients. Dr. Mary Namubiru, the South Western Director USAID RHITES, who handed over the structure, said it will strengthen the hospital's health system and play a vital role to keep children safe and healthy.

 
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She explained that the structure was made without rooms to allow for flexible usage. The hospital has the task to furnish the structure and provide other requirements.

 

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