The Embassy of Japan in Uganda has commissioned three
medical machines for supporting the Child and Maternal Health program at St
Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu City.
They include two anesthesia machines and one ultrasound
machine valued at 368 Million Shillings.
The ceremony held at Lacor hospital on Wednesday was
graced by Kitamura Yoshinori, the Head of Economic Cooperation Embassy of
Japan, His Grace John Baptist Odama the Archbishop of Gulu and Cyprian Opira,
the Director St Mary`s Hospital Lacor among other people.
During the commissioning, Kitamura said that this is part of
the Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project grant, a scheme
administered by the Embassy of Japan to support community development projects
to uplift the life of people at grassroots.
He added that the Japanese government injected 368 million
shillings approximately (USD 99,500) for the procurement and installation of
the medical equipment to facilitate surgical medical procedures and ultrasound
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Meanwhile, Cyprian Opira the Hospital Director says that the
machines will ensure faster and accurate services that have stagnated or been suspended due to lack of the machines.
He added that the machines will speed up operation
procedures at the Hospital because they can be used for both adults and children
adding that the hospital has all the required experts to operate them.
The machines can monitor and detect stomach complications in
children and offer effective cesarean deliveries for mothers as well as
detecting abdominal injuries.
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Lacor Hospital conducts about 5,000 serious operations and
30,000 ultrasound services annually, demands that Opira says are overwhelming.
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Johnson Oketayot, the Lacor Hospital Project Officer said
that the hospital requested for the assistance after its only anesthesia
machines and ultrasounds broke down several months ago and could no longer be
The Hospital Board Chairperson, His Grace John Baptist Odama
applauded the Japanese Government for supporting lives at the hospital and
Brenda Aromorach, a mother of one in Gulu City believes that
the machines will bring affordable maternal health services closer to the
people instead of private clinics that charge exorbitant fees.
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Lacor is a Catholic founded hospital serving over 210,000
people annually from the entire Northern Uganda, Lango Sub Region and parts of
The United Nations Children`s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) reports
that Uganda`s Maternal Mortality Rate has consistently been one of the highest
in the world with over 440 deaths per 100,000 live births.
The infant mortality rate in Uganda was about 33.4 deaths
per 1,000 live births according to a 2019 report from the World Health
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