By Vision Reporter
A leading research hospital in Los Angeles, California has agreed to partner with Mulago hospital and Makerere University in the fields of research and doctor exchanges.
Under the arrangement, Keck Hospital of the University of Southern California, would hold medical camps in rural areas and donate medical equipment to different hospitals in Uganda.
This was recently agreed during a meeting in California between the hospital administrators and a Ugandan delegation led by Kizza Ssenninde, the Uganda North America Special Envoy (UNAA) who represented health minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda.
Others on the team were Hajj Hassan Nakabaale, the Economic Advisor to the Vice President, Godfrey Kizza, a Physician working in Los Angeles and Hudson Joloba, the coordinator of Programmes at the Bernard & Sons International in Los Angeles.
Keck hospital was represented by John J. Ferrelli, the chief administrative officer, Jill Mathison the assistant administrator, Norma Perez the Director Special Services and Ms. Patricia Nerad, the Perioperative Nurse
Mr. Ferrelli said they were interested in working with the Uganda government and the private sector to promote healthcare.
For the program to take off, Ssenninde’s team would facilitate the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Mulago Hospital and Makerere. The exchange programme for doctors would target specialised areas of treating cervical cancer, sickle cells, anemia, heart diseases and gynecology.
Keck would donate equipment to support the labour ward at Mulago and beds to a few selected hospitals, drugs and sterilisers. They would also organise medical camps to help the rural poor.
Ferrelli said the government should ensure the donated equipment is exempted from taxes.
Ssenninde on behalf of Rugunda expressed Uganda government’s appreciation for the support and asked the administrators of Keck to be Uganda’s ambassadors in America.