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Matany Hospital Needs UGX 900m for Intensive Care Unit

The hospital, located in Matany Town Council, Napak district was built 50 years ago at the request of the Comboni missionaries. It has since become the de facto regional referral facility for the population of Karamoja, an extremely remote region, with very poor health indicators. It also serves the neighbouring districts of Teso and West Kenya.
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St. Kizito Hospital Matany, a privately-owned facility under the Catholic Diocese of Moroto in North-Eastern Uganda, needs up to 900 million Shillings to set up an Intensive Care Unit.

The hospital, located in Matany Town Council, Napak district was built 50 years ago at the request of the Comboni missionaries. It has since become the de facto regional referral facility for the population of Karamoja, an extremely remote region, with very poor health indicators. It also serves the neighbouring districts of Teso and West Kenya.

Its current capacity is 226 beds distributed through the departments of Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Tuberculosis, Paediatrics and Surgery. Other services provided by the hospital include the diagnostic laboratory, imaging, general surgery, orthopaedics and physiotherapy, counselling, the HIV/AIDS clinic, the antenatal clinic and prevention of mother to child transmission.

But the Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr John Bosco Nsubuga says the hospital needs 900 million Shillings to construct and equip an ICU centre to improve its capacity to handle emergencies. Of these, 150 was raised, in cash and pledges, during celebrations to mark 50-years of dedicated service by the facility on Saturday.

This included 50 million Shillings pledged by President Yoweri Museveni, 10 million Shillings by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, and five million Shillings donated by Vice President Jessica Alupo, Minister for Karamoja Affairs Mary Goretti Kitutu, and Peter Ogwang, the minister of Information, Communication and Technology and National Guidance. Members of Parliament from the region and beyond also jointly donated over 20 million Shillings.

In a speech read by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, President Yoweri Museveni commended Moroto Catholic Church for extending quality services to the people of Karamoja and the neighbouring districts and implored the Church to continue partnering with the government in the provision of social services in order to empower the community.

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The president also pledged further support to the hospital in order to bridge some of the gaps. This followed a request from Brother Gonza Narich, the hospital CEO calling for further help from the government in order to consolidate the achievements on health service delivery.

Currently, the government supports the hospital with a Primary Health Care grant of 560 million Shillings annually with medical supplies worth 300 million Shillings each year. The government has also deployed seven health workers to Matany Hospital to boost its manpower requirements.

State Minister for Health in charge of general duties Hanifa Kawooya said the Ministry of Health will allocate an ambulance to Matany Hospital. 

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