By ABCafrica reporter
MTN Uganda last Monday donated 100 beds, 100 mattresses, 100 bed sheets, 100 blankets and 100 mosquito nets to various Kampala health facilities
The items were handed over to Jennifer Musisi, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority by Anthony Katamba, the General Manager, corporate service MTN Uganda at Kawaala Health Center.
Katamba said this was part of the broader MTN Foundation’s support to the health sector through its campaign dubbed Access to Healthcare Initiative.
“Access to beds is essential in ensuring quality healthcare for Ugandans. Low bed capacity in health centers results in people sleeping on the floor, which is often uncomfortable and below the minimum standards for health care,” said Katamba.
The nine health centers to benefit from this donation include Kisugu, Komamboga, Kisenyi, Kitebi and Kawaala.
“MTN has realized this need and through our the MTN Foundation Access to Health Initiative, a budget has been set aside to ensure that we can provide equipment like beds to more hospitals and health centers in the country” Katamba added.
The MTN Foundation Access to Health Initiative is an Ushs 400million support program aimed at improving the quality of health-care in Uganda.
Commenting on the donation, KCCA’s Jenifer Musisi thanked MTN and the private sector as a whole in supporting health care in the city.
“This donation obviously reduces the burden on KCCA and for patients, finding beds in a health center will be a relief. It helps in their recovery process,” she said.
In the next few months, the MTN Foundation is expected donate additional 500 beds to several hospitals in Uganda through the Ministry of Health.