We are delighted to welcome Dr Bruce Twinamasiko, Consultant Physician, and Dr Henry Lukabwe, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, back to Kisiizi. They have spent the last three years in Mbarara training as specialists sponsored by Kisiizi and now will help strengthen our clinical services significantly.
Kisiizi featured in the World Health Organization website “stories from countries” following involvement as one of only 5 hospitals in Africa in the Surgical Unit-based safety programme.
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Kisiizi Hospital is one of only five worldwide institutions invited to participate in the WHO Learning Laboratory that led to this report.
Uganda UK Health Alliance – the second webinar organised by UUKHA featured healthcare improvements at Kisiizi… click on the link below to watch the presentation on YouTube… UUKHA Webinar August 31st 2017
Click on the link below for a review of the Kisiizi 60th Anniversary celebrationsKISIIZI DIAMOND JUBILEE HIGHLIGHTS
” Thus far has the LORD brought us”…
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Bishop Benon Magezi, Bishop of North Kigezi Diocese, visited Kisiizi with the Rubiriizi Archdeacon Ven. Canon Elias Mbangi to see for himself the impact of the flooding on Kisiizi.
Today we had a consignment of mattresses, blankets and bedsheets from the Office of the Prime Minister in response to the loss of linen etc in the floods.
Kisiizi has been buzzing as in addition to the usual patients and attendants and staff moving around with clinical care, a range of visitors have come to help us with relief work and efforts to minimise the risk of a recurrence of the major flooding we have had.
We are grateful to Uganda National Roads Association for the loan of a mechanical digger which has been working to create an extra drainage channel running along the valley behind the hospital to avoid water building up in future. The Cabinet Minister of Disaster Preparedness has promised to help with the cost of the fuel for the digger.
It runs in front of the new Ahumuza Centre which happily was not damaged in the floods. We will need to construct new access bridges and paths and put in place safety fences and hedges to avoid patients falling in the channel and then make the environment as pleasant as possible for patients and staff to enjoy.
IiiInfrastructure support services such as the laundry and power house have been affected but the Staff and volunteers have worked hard to restore as many services as possible…
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO HAVE SENT US MESSAGES OF ENCOURAGEMENT, PRAYERS AND SUPPORT.
Please see Kisiizi Partners website for more information on how to stay involved with the remarkable story of Kisiizi… and don’t miss Friends of Kisiizi Day on 7th October in Reading!
FLOODING CRISIS – THE ONGOING STORY
11th September 2017: Kisiizi has been badly hit by serious floods that have caused a power blackout as the generator house is affected. Water supplies for drinking are also interrupted and some staff housing is cut off from the main hospital area.
the photo above shows the roundabout area at the centre of the in-patient zone illustrating the magnitude of the problem. Please pray for all the Staff as they seek to care for patients in such trying circumstances. Maintaining clinical care will be really difficult and there will be major expenses incurred from the damage sustained. Thank you for your prayers and support.
here is a video clip of the main road into Kisiizi (from Kabale side) showing torrential water flow down the hill…
The bend seen at the beginning of the clip is where our main water supply pipe passes carrying drinking water from a capped spring to the reservoir tanks. This supply has been disrupted
We are grateful to Kisiizi Partners for setting up a mydonate page for any who wish to help financially towards the costs of dealing with the crisis…
Thank you so much.
HUGE THANKS ALREADY TO THOSE WHO HAVE SENT MESSAGES OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND DONATIONS TO THE APPEAL…
below is a youtube link to a NTV Ugandan news clip with Alex Kakama the HR Manager in Kisiizi
Many people have worked hard to restore services ranging from the power to the water supply, ward areas etc and to clear the mud and debris carried by the flood waters… even prisoners were conscripted in to help clear up as seen in the photo above!
FEEDBACK FROM MR. HERBERT KWIKIRIZA, MANAGER OF KISIIZI HOSPITAL POWER LIMITED:
The problems started at around 6:00pm on the 10th of September 2017
when an unprecedented amount of water came from Nyakishenyi hills
carrying rubbish, logs and boulders. Some of the materials being
carried got stuck in the way under the bridge to the power house past
surgical ward toilets forcing water to go over the bridge and getting
into the power house and also breaking down one of the pillars
supporting the bridge. Some of the materials that managed to pass
under the bridge got stopped by the pipe enclosing an HV cable
connecting to Nyarushanje section of the overhead net work and crosses
the river near the Gilkes generator tail race outlet, being supported
by pillars on both sides of the river about 2 feet high. So much
pressure was exerted on the pipe and cable as the water tried to forge
its way downstream until the pillars broke down and the cable pulled
off the poles and eventually from the terminals falling into the
water. This caused a short circuit that triggered the generator to
shut down. The surge arrestors were damaged and the poles moved
about 20 degrees from their upright position.
When the shut down happened it was not possible for any one to cross
to the power house to start a generator because the whole of the lower
part of the hospital compound was engulfed in water and mud. So for
about 45 minutes no one could get to the powerhouse. When finally the
water receded and the electricians were able to get into the power
house, they discovered mud about one and half feet deep had been
deposited and the ossberger generator partially submerged. Plan B was
to run the Gilkes to supply the Hospital and wait for the next day to
do the cleaning and assessment of any damage that could have been
caused. Sadly the Gilkes could not run because of a short circuit
that had been caused by water entering one of the inspection chambers
on the hospital ring circuit, and since it was already dark it was not
possible to get this traced and fixed.
The biggest challenge now was
how to cater for the intensive baby care unit in which the sick
babies are mostly dependent on oxygen concentrators and incubators
and the only option remaining was deploying the small petrol
generators. Unfortunately their capacity was not sufficient for all
the equipment that was connected at that time and as a result some
three babies lost their lives that night. The next day, we cleaned
the power house, straightened the poles and reconnected the HV cable
temporarily supported way above the river so it is not easy for water
to reach it should it flood again. Everything was thoroughly cleaned
in the power house and dried and we were able to restart the ossberger
yesterday the 12th of September at about 1:30pm.
About two hours later we discovered the gear box oil was leaking
profusely from the turbine side of the gear box shaft. When contacted
Gideon directed us to an oil filter in the cooling system that we
discovered was badly clogged. After cleaning it we were able to rerun
the generator and we are back on line. Thanks to every one for praying
and supporting us.
There was great excitement on the playing fields of Kisiizi Hospital Primary School as the Guest of Honour, Dr. Diana Atwiine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, arrived by helicopter for the Grand Opening of the new purpose-built Ahumuza Centre for patients with mental illness.
After a hymn of celebration and a prayer of dedication by Bishop Patrick Tugume, recently retired Bishop of North Kigezi, plaques were unveiled to commemorate the day and to remember the life of Jamie Devaney in whose memory the new Ahumuza Centre was built. A ribbon was cut and the VIP guests toured the Centre and then the Guest of Honour cut a cake with Jamie’s parents, Avril and Jim Devaney.
The Guest of Honour then visited the Hydro-electricity generator, the Imaging Department with the new ultrasound machine donated by Toshiba via our friends in Chester, the Mothers’ Waiting Home and the Laboratory before returning to the Primary School Hall for the rest of the programme.
This included a song of welcome by the Kisiizi primary school, a cultural dance by the Nyakishenyi Mental Health Association and a speech “A vision is born” by Dr. Lionel Mills, former Medical Superintendent who described a group going out into the community decades ago on St. Luke’s day. They had preached about the good news to the poor described by Jesus and afterwards a woman asked them if they could see her son who was confined in an out-building as he was out of control. They took him back to Kisiizi and he improved with treatment and the team realised that there were many others with mental illness who needed help and the vision to establish mental health services in Kisiizi was born.
There followed a moving drama by Kisiizi staff and students depicting a patient with mental illness who fails to improve with traditional healing approaches but is restored by the Ahumuza staff team.
Dr. Shiela Ndyanabangi, from the Mental Health Desk at the Ministry of Health, spoke on Kisiizi Mental Health services from a national perspective with many words of great encouragement to Kisiizi and a promise of on-going full support for the programme.
Rev. Hugh Burgess, Chairperson of Jamie’s Fund, spoke about the extraordinary story of the setting up of Jamie’s Fund and the support provided for a vehicle for mental health community outreaches and for the new Ahumuza Centre.
The Medical Superintendent gave a presentation showing an overview of the services offered by Kisiizi with the theme “Care for the Vulnerable”.
Dr. Diana Atwiine as Guest of Honour gave a heartwarming final speech praising the work being done in Kisiizi and stating it is a model for other areas and hoped the principles could be shared widely.
She thanked the Staff and the members of Jamie’s Fund for all the work to achieve this great landmark and offered full support for the plans to further develop the community mental health and epilepsy services.
click on the link below to read the handout telling the extraordinary story of the Ahumuza Centre:
Link to Jamie’s Fund website: