By Nathan Eyagu
The medical equipment donation worth Shs1.2billion that Soroti Regional Hospital is expected to receive from AIDO Network International is being delayed by lack of shipment fees.
This website has learnt that equipment has already been secured but its arrival is being delayed because Shs105million is needed for its shipment from America to Mombasa and finally to Soroti.
The donation is from Project C.U.R.E, one of the largest world’s distributors of donated medical supplies and equipment to over 135 countries globally.
The donation follows the horrible state of the hospital equipment used at the regional hospital and yet the facility has witnessed a surge in patients following the numerous successful operations performed at the hospital.
“Soroti hospital has witnessed a surge in the number of patients following the best services offered by the different teams of medics at the hospital who have performed successful operations,” said Dr. Michael Mwanga the Hospital Director.
“The hospitals handles more than 2.5 million people from different districts of Teso and other regions,” he added.
Steven Opeitum, the Chairman board at AIDO Network Uganda said that after seeing the sorry state at the hospital, they reached out to project C U.R.E who accepted to assist the hospital with medical equipment.
Lilli LeBeau, the Needs Assessment Manager for Project C.U.R.E said that the medical equipment for Soroti RRH will be ready for shipment to Uganda once the shipment fees are cleared.
According to LeBeau, their main priority is to provide health care support and hope to patients with an objective of addressing the staggering shortage of medical resources around the world to help boost the health sector.
Stella Apolot Isodo, the Woman MP Ngora District who doubles as the Spokesperson for Teso Parliamentary Group (TPG) promised to sit down with other Members of Parliament from the region to see how the shipment fess can be raised.
She also appreciated both AIDO and project C.U.R.E for the helping hand.