THE Egyptian Government has donated an assortment of medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and a generator to Itojo Hospital in Ruhaama County Ntungamo district.
Sabry. M. Sabry, the Egyptian ambassador handed over the donation to the First Lady and Minister for Karamoja Affairs, who is also the MP for Ruhaama, Janet Museveni last week.
The ceremony at Nakasero State House was witnessed by the deputy ambassador Mohamed El-Hamzawi, the Minister of State for Health General Duties, Dr. Richard Nduhura and the health permanent secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago.
According to a press release from State House, Sabry applauded the existing relationship between Egypt and Uganda and said the support from Egypt was not just a donation, but an expression of their solidarity.
He observed that the items donated would help improve the services in the hospital, especially to women and children, while the generator would fill the gap of the insufficient and unpredictable power supply.
Sabry pledged a donation of $280,000 from the Egyptian Government to finance construction of doctorsâ€™ houses at the hospital and to continue supporting medical camps in Uganda, where specialists from different countries work on patients with a particular disorder.
The ambassador passed on his Governmentâ€™s congratulations to both the President and the First Lady for their successful election to office.
Mrs. Museveni thanked Egypt for the support to Ugandaâ€™s health sector, saying it is such cooperation that would enable a better global world which every country strives to build.
She also said her wish was to have the hospital well equipped and with sufficient personnel to adequately offer medical services.
Nduhura said because of the hospitalâ€™s location and big catchment area, it is among the 17 hospitals to be rehabilitated under the World Bank loan.
He was grateful for the equipment and medicines donated and commended the First Lady for strengthening the cooperation of various players in the field of health.