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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION LINKS
Kisiizi Hospital is one of 3 English-speaking hospitals linked to the WHO African Partnerships for Patient Safety programme [APPS]. The Kisiizi link was recently highlighted on the WHO main international website including a photo of our previous Principal Nursing Officer Sister Esther Kobusingye: http://www.who.int/features/2013/uganda_patient_safety/en/index.html
We ran a APPS Sensitisation Day here on 12th February attended by Medical Superintendents and Principal Nursing Officers from hospitals in our two local districts and the in-charges of the major health centres. It proved very successful and will be followed up by a two-day training seminar on 12th and 13th March which we hope will be attended by a small group from Zambia sponsored by WHO to come to Kisiizi.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Dr. Rachel Ion was our first Uganda Maternity and Newborn Hub registrar and made a valuable contribution to the Maternity Department. She was with us for six months and helped update protocols, run audits and she helped in the training of Staff.
Dr. Simon and Samantha Hardman joined Kisiizi in January and will be with us until June. Simon is a paediatric registrar and Sam a general medicine registrar so their presence is very helpful. They had already completed a Tropical Medicine course based in Uganda and Tanzania so were well prepared.
Two teachers and four students from Malmo Borgarskola, Sweden, visited our Primary School as part of a link we have with their own school. They were impressed by what they saw of the school and hospital’s work in challenging circumstances in such a remote and poor community.
Tom and Anna Sibbald returned to Kisiizi for a brief visit with a particular mission – to evaluate the introduction of more efficient wood-burning cooking stoves with the aim of reducing smoke levels and improving efficiency and hence reducing running costs and environmental damage. They experimented with various models of stoves and had quite an interested audience when they cooked in the relatives’ kitchen behind the Children’s ward…. Members of their church have generously agreed to fund us installing a number of the new stoves in one of the bays to try out further. We anticipate that the significant reduction of smoke that can be achieved may have an important contribution to make to respiratory health particularly of the women who may spend quite a bit of time each day exposed to the fumes.
Dr. Dwight and Sandy Mcleod are good friends of Dr. Lionel and Mary Mills and are visiting Kisiizi for 3 weeks. Dwight is a Consultant Physician and Sandy a Health Visitor by training. They have visited Kagando Hospital in the past and have previous experience of working in Africa. We do not currently have a Consultant in General Medicine here so are very happy to have Dwight’s expertise.
KISIIZI HOSPITAL POWER LIMITED
We were pleased to welcome Bishop Patrick Tugume, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Church of Uganda Kisiizi Hospital, in his capacity of Chairman of the Directors of Kisiizi Hospital Power Limited. At the meeting Mr. George Wadsworth stepped down from his role as Company Manager after years of faithful service which are greatly appreciated.
His position has been taken over by Mr. Herbert Kwikiriza who has worked with us as an Electrician for some years and has proved a committed and skilled colleague. The company continues to expand the infrastructure connecting more homes in the community. This phase should be completed in the not too distant future and we then move to more of a maintenance situation. The company has invested in spare parts and tools and has seen an encouraging rise in earnings from sales of electricity to the community. We are so grateful for all the support of consultants Charles Swainson, Dr. Bill Cave, Paul Darrall and George Wadsworth as well as our in-house team who have maintained and developed the company.
After some uncertainty, we now have six intern doctors here, two in each specialty [Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Surgery] rotating every 3 months. This will give us much more flexibility and opens up the opportunity to develop our out-patient services more effectively and will enhance our ability to recruit good medical officers in the future.