The National Social Security Fund has donated equipment worth Shs336 million to five government health facilities in various parts of the country.
The beneficiaries included; Kiruddu hospital, Bukalasi health centre III in Bududa,Mpigi,Arua and Kisiizi hospital in Rukungiri.
Speaking at the function to handover the equipment held at Kiruddu referral hospital in Kampala on Tuesday, NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said they are not only looking at savings of their members but also ensuring that they live a health life by equipping medical facilities.
“Guaranteeing a better life for our members goes beyond our statutory mandate of providing social security services and extends to contributing to the well-being of communities,”Byarugaba said.
He said that with the equipment donated, lives of their members and other communities would be impacted directly and indirectly.
The Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde said the equipment would go a long way to improve the quality of services to patients by various health centres.
‘Shortage of adequate medical equipment is one of the challenges we are facing in most health centres today, this contribution comes at the right time and will help a great deal,”Kyambadde said.
As part of the package, Kiruddu received a Shs87million intensive care unit equipment including monitors, suction machines and oxygen concentrators whereas Bukalasi health centre got Shs62 million worth of equipment for the maternity ward.
Mpigi hospital was handed shs80 million equipment for accident emergency unit and maternity ward among other equipment.