According to Dr Peter Lwabi, the Deputy Director at the UHI, the consignment consists of smart beds, ventilators, specialized lab machines and shringe pumps that are able to accurately dispense medicines in very sick patients.
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.
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.
Speaking at the celebrations of the World Heart Day in Jinja district on Friday, Kadaga says that, some schools have limited space where pupils can hardly carry out physical exercises which has left them lazy and prone to heart diseases.
The medical association says that 15 of the experts among them are on standby to voluntarily provide treatment to all victims of torture arising out of the infamous arrests. Dr Ekwaro Obuku, the President of Uganda Medical Association says the assembled experts were chosen based on descriptions on the condition of the victims.