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MTN Foundation refurbishes Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Kawempe National Referral Hospital

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The MTN CEO, Wim Vahelleputte (In suit) and Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng officially opened the newly refurbished and equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Kawempe National Referral Hospital in Kampala.

The MTN CEO, Wim Vahelleputte (in suit) and Minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng officially open the newly refurbished and equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Kawempe National Referral Hospital.

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The Ministry of Health has officially opened the newly refurbished and equipped Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Kawempe National Referral Hospital in Kampala.

The NICU was fully refurbished and equipped with support from the MTN Uganda Foundation and the official partners of the MTN Kampala Marathon, with technical support from UNFPA.

MTN Uganda, working through UNFPA invested a total of UGX 363,915,250 into the Kawempe National Referral Hospital NICU. These funds are the proceeds of the MTN Kampala Marathon that is run with support from partners including Rwenzori, Huawei, New Vision and Stanbic Bank.

With the rapid population growth within the catchment area, Kawempe Hospital has had challenges including congestion in the NICU, as well as lack of up-to-date equipment. The Ministry of Health reached out to partners including UNFPA and MTN to support with the refurbishment and re-equipping the facility.

Speaking at the official opening of the NICU today, the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng said that the concerted government efforts notwithstanding, Uganda’s child mortality ratio of 336 per 100,000 live births is still high.

“The only way we can pay our partners back is to work hard and use the facility well to ensure that babies don’t die. Just saying thank you to them is not enough. What they want to see is no more pictures of baby posted on social media or the stories we keep on hearing about mothers and children dying in labor,” Aceng said.

The situation at the newly refurbished NICU at Kawempe National Referral Hospital

The situation at the newly refurbished NICU at Kawempe National Referral Hospital

Wim Vanhelleputte, the Chief Executive Officer, MTN Uganda said that the Telecom is concerned about the high maternal and child mortality rate in the country and is committed to supporting government to change the narrative.

With proceeds from MTN Kampala marathon that is run every year, for the last sixteen years, MTN has supported various causes ranging from providing safe water to water stressed areas in Uganda to providing sanitation facilities in schools, among many interventions.

In the last three years however, maternal and child health have headlined the MTN Kampala Marathon with all the proceeds going towards complementing the government of Uganda’s efforts towards maternal health.

According to Wim, a total of UGX 900,000,000 shillings was raised from the MTN Marathons of 2018 and 2019 combined. The MTN Foundation topped up with UGX 450,000,000 shillings to bring it to UGX 1,350,000,000 shillings that will be used to refurbish child and maternal health facilities across the country.

The other health centers that will benefit from the Marathon proceeds include; Muyembe Health Center IV in Bulambuli district, Pakwach HC IV in Pakwach district, Kalangala HC IV in Kalangala district, and Karugutu HC IV in Ntoroko district. Works in Muyembe HC IV in Bulambuli district have also been completed.

“Early this year, we renovated and equipped the maternity ward at Mpugwe Health Center III in Masaka district. Also, as we marked 20 years of existence in Uganda, we as MTN decided to give back to Uganda through refurbishing and equipping eight maternity wards across the country. I am pleased to note that our partners have also committed to support the government of Uganda in extending such services to the communities where they are needed most. ” Wim said.

“It gives me great joy to witness yet another memorable occasion when we see fruits of a great partnership between UNFPA, MTN Foundation and the Ministry of Health. UNFPA takes pride in engaging in this kind of partnerships that create shared opportunities, while leveraging each other’s added value to actualize interventions to achieve universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, reduce maternal death, and improve the lives of women and girls,” said Mr. Alain Sibenaler, the UNFPA Representative said.





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South Sudan Disposes Of 60,000 Expired Astra Zeneca Vaccine Jabs –

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South Sudan Disposes Expired Vaccines

South Sudan has announced that 60,000 doses of the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine, donated by the African Union, have been thrown away after they expired before use.

This comes after the country suspended the vaccination process last month citing logistical challenges.

Upon resuming,about 2,000 health workers and the elderly in the capital Juba received their first jab .

South Sudan Disposes Expired Vaccines

Dr Richard Laku, the government’s Incident Manager, said even if the country had started vaccinations using the 60,000 doses, they wouldn’t have finished them before the expiry date.

Vaccinations are currently being done using another batch of 132,000 doses. received in March through the vaccine sharing Covax initiative.

The World Health Organization’s Country Representative, Fabian Ndenzako, said they would offer guidance to the government on how to dispose of the vaccines if called upon.





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Azawi set to drop her first single of 2021 titled “My Year”

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Talented Swangz Avenue singer Priscilla Zawedde, better known by stage name Azawi, is set to musically get underway with the year 2021 on 7th May when she will be dropping her first single dubbed “My Year”.

The singer who was undoubtedly one of the biggest revelations of last year made the announcement public through her social media pages following hints of releasing an album that she dropped sometime back.

Azawi spent the whole of the Easter holiday in South Africa where she is believed to have been working on the final touches of the album where she was in company of her boss Benon Mugumbya.

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It’s no secret that Azawi enjoyed success last year with her hits “Quinamino” and “Repeat It” off her EP Lo Fit.

It’s rumored that Swangz has set aside a budget of 200m to invest in this album with a major focus on a bigger audience and not just Uganda.



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MC Kats, Caroline Celebrate Love As Couple Listen To A Pass’ ‘Nkwagala’ Ballad

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MC Kats and Caroline Marcah have been somehow silent and off the scene but they are back with a bang.

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After MC Kats publicly declared that he can only be happy when his special woman Caroline Marcah is happy, he sent Netizens all over the country and beyond in frenzy.

Most of the Netizens were happy for MC Kats for finding new happiness and others of course castigated him. Like a pure dance-hole king, he organised a special birthday party for her at Mackinon Suits in Nakasero to cement his place in her heart.

MC Kats, Caroline  Marcah back with a bang
MC Kats, Marcah back with a bang

It was all about merrymaking that day! Much as she denied swallowing MC Kats’ cassava, it was hard to explain.

Since that day, the pair has been mute not until recently when they stepped out! Apparently the NBS After 5 presenter and Marcah chose to celebrate love and of course everything went on as planned.

In the video we have landed on, Kats and Marcah are seen seated next to each other in lovey-dovey mood as they listen to A Pass’ Nkwagala love ballad.

Check it out;

Do you think Marcah will bless Kats with more bundle of joys or it will end in tears?





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