MOYO. Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has donated medical equipment worth Ushs126.6 million to Moyo district local government.

LWF is a global communion of Churches in the Lutheran tradition working with different refugee implementing partners at Palorinya refugee settlement in Moyo.

The medical assortments were donated to strengthen the health system of the district under protection, health and livelihood project for the benefit of both the host population and refugee communities in Moyo.

Some of the equipment delivered to Moyo district authority include; 30 delivery beds, 37 ordinary hospital beds with their mattresses and 57 delivery sets of equipment to benefit all the health centre IIs in the district.

Officials said the move will empower health centre IIs to carry out deliveries so as to reduce the pressure exerted on existing health centre III, IV and the district hospital due to the increased population.

While handing over the equipment early this week, Ms Winifred Amuge, the LWF project officer for Lamwo refugee camp in Kitgum and Palorinya in Moyo district remarked that the project to equip health units is being supported by the Canadian government through Canadian worldwide relief.

She said the project focuses on protection, wash, sexual reproductive health (SRH) and livelihood of refugees and their host communities.

According to Winifred, they have embarked on the distribution of sanitary pads to improve menstrual hygiene among young girls which is one of the causes of school dropout in the region.

Mr Charles Koma, the acting medical superintendent (MS) of Moyo general hospital commended LWF for the support and noted that maternal child health has still remained a big challenge in Uganda’s health system.

He said the equipment has been delivered timely in response to the requisitions made by the district to refugee implementing agencies to close some of the existing gaps in the district’s health sector as caused by the presence of refugees.

Ms Elizabeth Adong, the Moyo deputy chief administrative officer (DCAO) said the equipment will help in reducing maternal child morbidity and mortality rate in the district.

She added that the assortments will improve the district’s performance in relation to achieving its targets and indicators in the health sector through value addition.

The Moyo district vice chairperson, Hajji Habib Buga Khemis also applauded LWF for its contribution to the development of the district, especially in schools and health units.

He, however, cautioned the partners against involvement in the political breakaway of Obongi district from Moyo.

According to Buga, the curving of Obongi district out of Moyo should never bring division among the community both in refugee and host population but rather attract partners to support the two districts for better service delivery.