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Lira University builds shade structures for patients

By Patrick Opio

Senior Communications Officer

Lira University has constructed two Patients’ Waiting Shade structures at Lira Regional Referral Hospital and Lira University Teaching Hospital to support the current increase in patients’ attendance at the facilities.

 Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Jasper Ogwal Okeng, said that the buildings will boost service delivery to pregnant mothers and other patients.

Prof. Dr.Ogwal Okeng  said that the structures were funded under The Center for International Reproductive Training /Sexual and Reproductive Health Resource Center, Lira University Project.

“We must work as a team to enhance service delivery to patients. We shall keep sharing whatever little we get with Lira Regional Referral hospital,” he asserts. He reveals that maternal and child health is paramount so it is important to improve services at health facilities.

The VC praised the management of Lira Regional Referral Hospital for allowing health care students from Lira University do practical skills at their facility. He added that Lira University has a reason to offer degrees in midwifery so that they (graduate midwives) also handle minor operations during deliveries.

Judith Nanyonjo, the Senior Principal Nursing Officer, Lira Regional Referral Hospital, lauded Lira University for the continuous support. “We lacked enough space to handle pre-natal and post-natal cases, especially, the shade to accommodate mothers even during emergencies. It was worst during rainy seasons, but now the challenge is resolved,” she notes.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum urged the two institutions to continue ensuring effective and regular collaborations in implementing projects. “There is a lot in common….you may not succeed alone, we need helpers,” Okaka Opio notes. He adds, “Cingi-kenni pe pedo ngunyi,” a proverb in Lango, meaning “your hand alone cannot open your anus.”

Anna Grace, the Principal Investigator, Lira University commended the funders for the job well done, adding that they have hatched a community outreach plan with an aim of sensitising them to visit or women to deliver at health facilities.

She added that an e-library also established under this project, has lots of information and resources for downloads.

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