Suzan Kanyemibwa, the BoU Secretary and Head of Corporate Affairs says they chose to Focus on the health sector in this particular drive in order to ensure a healthy population, which is the backbone of economic productivity.
Ayivui health center III in Arua city
has received a newly refurbished maternity ward and medical equipment valued at
over Shillings 100 million. The ward was renovated and equipped by the Bank of
Uganda under its social corporate responsibility to promote professional health
care services for mothers and newborn babies.
The equipment includes three delivery
beds, oxygen cylinders, ultrasound gel, solar lighting unit, and underground
water system among others. Suzan Kanyemibwa, the BoU Secretary and Head of Corporate
Affairs says they chose to Focus on the health sector in this particular drive
in order to ensure a healthy population, which is the backbone of economic
She explained that the Covid-19 pandemic
has demonstrated a global scale that policymakers must promote the health of
the society even when it means sacrificing economic growth and development in
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Judy Obitre Gama, the BoU Board
Chairperson promised to extend more support and tasked the city leadership to upgrade
the facility to health center four.
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Speaking at the handover of the
facility, Maureen Osoru, the Arua District Woman Member of Parliament, said about
16 expectant mothers die each day during childbirth.
She, however, said the problem can be addressed by increased funding for the health sector for the
purchase of maternal healthcare equipment, drugs and hire sufficient health
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The in-charge of Ayivuni health center III Jimmy Etedra, said prior to the
the health facility and donation of the medical equipment, they used to receive
42 mothers for delivery.
He, however, said the number has since increased
to more than 70 mothers, some of who travel from the Democratic Republic of
Congo, which is 3 kilometers away.
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Sam Nyakua, the Arua District LC 5 Chairperson applauded the Central Bank for
the intervention, saying it was timely since the district didn’t have funds.
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BoU has also financed the renovation of
the maternity ward at Bwizibwera Health Cenre IV in Mbarara district, Omel
Health Centre II in Gulu District as well as Nakaloke Health Centre III in