Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has lauded Marie Stopes Uganda for their commitment and visible progress in increasing availability of affordable health services across Uganda.
He made the remarks at the hybrid event to officially open the new Marie Stopes Specialized Hospital and Maternity located at Forest Mall in Lugogo in Kampala.
The new facility, that started welcoming patients in July this year, will further bring quality maternity and sexual reproductive health services closer to the Ugandan population, according to Marie Stopes officials.
It is comprised of fully stocked laboratories, two operating theatres, consultation rooms, admission general wards, private and VIP rooms and many other facilities.
Open 24-hours a day and with fully equipped emergency ambulance services, the new hospital offers a myriad of health services, such as management of general medical and surgical ailments, comprehensive laboratory services, Post Abortion Care, Diagnostic Scans and 3D scans, Reproductive health services including management of STIs/STDs, Gynecological services and Cervical cancer screening and treatment of positive lesions.
Additional services such as family planning, counselling, management of infertility and hormonal imbalance as well as immunization /vaccination are also readily available.
The speaker said, “I recently learned, with concern, that fewer expectant women were going to hospitals which has continued to put the lives of mothers and their babies at risk. There is an urgent need to continue following up on mothers after birth to reduce any undetected complications.”
Carole Sekimpi, the country director of Marie Stopes Uganda said, the Marie Stopes Hospital and Maternity is a culmination of over 30 years of dedication to providing a wide range of health services to Ugandan women, men and young people through various channels across Uganda.
“This new facility adds to our network of various channels including our 15 clinics located in both urban and peri-urban areas,” she said.
Uganda loses 14 to 15 women everyday due to unsafe motherhood. With such statistics, Sekimpi said, they are calling upon all Ugandans to prioritize safe motherhood, right from conception to birth, in order to reduce the number of deaths.