Martenity Operating Theatre Launch at Nyakahanga Hospital

Nyakahanga Hospital: On Saturday 28 April 2018, a modern operating theatre dedicated to emergency childbirth care was officially opened at Nyakahanga Hospital. It is designed by surgical staff for optimum patient care and staff work flow. Preceded by a short opening service and ceremony, a room hosted its first C-section procedure and baby Benson Furaha was brought into the world. The baptism service for baby Benson was conducted after lunch in the recovery room and was graced by Bishop Dr. Benson Bagonza, Dean Yoram Karusya and Rev. Restuta Theobard.

The opening ceremony attracted the diocesan leadership, Hospital
leadership, government officials as well as representatives from United Evangelical Mission (UEM).

Dr Andrew Cesar is the Doctor in charge of Nyakahanga DDH,he explained a short history of the expansion project that it started in 2014 with the support from basket fund, however the funds could not sustain the project and it stopped for one year. In 2015 UEM together with
ATEGRIS, Rotary Club Oberhausen and Rotary Club Sweden joined hands to revive the project.Each of the partners provided critical inputs for the theatre. Dr Andrew also recognized the contribution of Sr. Regina Buschmann, Sr. Doris Horn, Rev. Leif Nordlander and Dr. Thomas Rieger as individuals who played a great role to ensure completion of the project.

Giving an overview of the mother child healthcare in Nyakahanga Hospital Dr Andrew said that, until 2017, the hospital has been able to reduce maternal mortality rate from 20 deaths per year to 3 deaths.
He attributed these milestones to the introduction of free maternal healthcare and the presence of Dr Furaha, a gynecologist sent by UEM.

He added that an average of 800 women per year require Caesarean Section, 90% of them being emergency caesarean. Dependence on one general operating theatre increased the risk of mortality and morbidity rates to mothers and infants. The new obstetrical operating
room and accompanying recovery area is another step towards their commitment to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate.

Zakaria Mnkai representative from United Evangelical Mission (UEM) said that “UEM is proud to have been part of the financing that resulted in the opening of this dedicated obstetrical operating room.
This project is important because of its broad impact on overall healthcare, I see liberation, and I see diaconic work in this project”

Bishop Dr. Benson Bagonza extended his gratitude to all partners who supported the project. “This project will save our mothers and our babies, delivering a baby should not be a punishment but pleasure, and
having a gynecologist have been a blessing” He added.

The funds for buying the anesthetic machines are already collected and soon all required equipment will be available.

This new theatre will allow Nyakahanga Hospital to respond more rapidly and completely to the needs of women throughout Karagwe and Kyerwa districts who need emergency childbirth care. The new facility
makes it possible for medical doctors to reduce delays in performing cesarean sections, thus saving the lives of the mothers and their babies.

Ev. Axsa

Text: Axsa Gabagambi