Speaking at a signing event held on Tuesday, Dr John Omagino, the Executive Director Uganda Heart Institute said that about sixteen thousand babies are born with congenital heart diseases each year. While they have capacity of handling 75% of these cases, they are constantly grappling with high numbers of children awaiting surgery due to lack of resources to handle them.
Speaking at a media session held on Friday a head of the World Hypertension day to be marked next week, Dr James Kayima, a Consultant Cardiologist at the Institute says their most recent estimates show that between 25% and 30% of Ugandans are battling high blood pressure.
Speaking at a meeting attended by experts in heart disease from a number of countries across the world, Dr. Johnson Kansiime, the clinical lead at St Marys Lacor Hospital said with less than twenty adult cardiologists in a country of about forty-five million people, there is need to address issues in the curriculum that makes it less accessible to doctors progressing in their studies.
Scovia Adyero,26, a local farmer and brewer in the rural Otwee Town Council told URN in an interview on Wednesday that her daughter Angel Ayubu was in 2018 diagnosed with severe Rheumatic Heart and Mitral Valve diseases from the Uganda Heart Institute in Kampala.
The machine that is used to record the electrical activity of the heart, as one of the two basic tests, only adds to five existing equipment at the hospital that is also the country’s national referral centre for heart disease.
The committee chair and Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi tasked Dr. Omangino to explain why the institute failed to fully utilize a budget release of Shillings 18.6bn for the 2018/2019 Financial Year leaving an unspent balance of Shillings 472M.
Dr William Manyilirah, a Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon says such a condition happens when coronary arteries or heart vessels narrow suddenly leading to reduced supply of blood and oxygen to the heart muscles.