KOBOKO. There was relief at Koboko hospital on Thursday as the health facility received a consignment of four solar systems that were a donation from the investment and privatisation state minister, Ms Evelyn Anite and Dr Charles Ayume, son to the late Attorney General, Francis Ayume.

The deliveries came at a time when the hospital is facing challenges of lack of sufficient electricity due to frequent power outages from the main supplier, the West Nile rural electrification company.

The hospital management indicated that all the solar systems would be used to light the maternity ward, one of the busiest and most affected departments in the hospital.
Both donors were not present during the handover ceremony but Ayume was represented by his friend Mr Godfrey Metaloro.

Metaloro said he visited the hospital with Ayume who is also an employee of the ministry of health last week and found that there was no light in the maternity ward.

“This is why he sent me with these solar panels in order to solve the emergency situation in the ward," he said.

Metaloro encouraged the people to join hands with administrators of health facilities in the region and complement the government's efforts meant to improve health service standards.

The chairman of Koboko hospital management board, Mr Amos Chandiga welcomed the donations but stated that power outage still remains a big setback for the hospital.

"I am grateful for the donations which have come timely as I always receive calls from the hospital informing me about lack of power in some wards," he said.

He also pointed out the issue of inadequate staffing at the hospital as one of the challenges they face and urged the leaders to lobby for more health workers to be deployed there.

Dr Paul Ogwang, the superintended of the hospital said the solar panels would aid the efforts of the nurses in the maternity ward towards providing the necessary maternal and infant health services.