“Life in all its fullness” John 10:10 UPDATES FROM KISIIZI MAY 2017 Dear Friends, The remarkable story of Kisiizi continues to unfold but its core values remain the same and the aim to bring “Life in all its fullness” continues albeit manifested in an increasingly diverse range of ministries. We love to show visitors around and at the end of the tour hear them express their astonishment at the services provided by this remote rural hard-to-reach hospital. “Something is different here” is a common statement and we know it reflects recognition of the commitment of our Staff and the Christian motivation that undergirds Kisiizi. Clinical Services: Patients come to Kisiizi from near and far, some travelling long distances to access surgery as for example in the Urology camp earlier this year where 41 patients had operations in a week mostly prostatectomies. All went home well and grateful. The camp was run by our lead consultant surgeon Dr. Robert Mugarura and a visiting team led by Dr Adam Jones from Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. We were delighted that Dr Gabbie, our previous lead surgeon now in Kampala, could join us for some of the camp. We had an Eye Camp with a team from Ruharo Eye Hospital in Mbarara led by Dr Keith Waddell who has been visiting Kisiizi for decades! An orthopaedic camp organised by Dr Robert with Dr Jonathan Jones and colleagues from Peterborough went very well and then a team from Dublin supported our Rehabilitation Department and helped to facilitate a multi-disciplinary Diabetes workshop. We have been very blessed to welcome back Drs Laji and Shiela Verghese on their third trip to Kisiizi for a couple of months. Laji is a very talented surgeon and covered for Robert who visited Chester in UK for training in orthopaedics and patient safety while Shiela helped in paediatrics and with teaching including a group of Clinical Officer students from S. Sudan who are on an International Christian Medical & Dental Association sponsored training course at Mengo Hospital in Kampala but come to Kisiizi for some practical experience. Laji and Shiela came with their friend Ranjan who now lives in Canada and specialises in neonatal nursing and is now hoping to come and help in our School of Nursing in the future. Once again colleagues from Chester have been hugely supportive. A paediatrician and two sonographers came to help train our staff in use of the new ultrasound machine, a gift from Toshiba organised by Chester colleagues... one of our trainee specialists visited recently and says it’s the best ultrasound in Uganda! Then last week we welcomed friends from Jamie’s Fund for the grand opening of the Ahumuza Centre by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health who flew in by helicopter landing on the playing field of our primary school. (see website www.kisiizihospital.org.ug for photos and post). Unfortunately our physician, Dr Dwight, together with his wife, Sister Sandy, have had to return to UK due to sickness of parents and it is not clear when they will be able to return. We have therefore arranged for Dr Fardous Charles (see photo) a physician from Mbarara to visit regularly. She has an interest in cardiology which is very helpful. Then in July we look forward to Dr Krupa George, a friend of Laji and Shiela from Vellore, joining us for six months as a physician. We are not sure if we will be able to continue training interns in General Medicine so may have to drop that 3 month block in their rotations. Networks: We have been delighted to host our new Bishop, Benon Magezi accompanied by his wife Gladys (seen in photo with Moses Mugume, our Senior Hospital Administrator) when Bishop Benon came to chair the Board of Governors for the first time. <<< Some members of Management and the Board Kisiizi has also taken some Clinical Officer students from S. Sudan for a month of practical attachment. They are taking a course at Mengo Hospital Kampala organised by International Christian Medical & Dental Association. Sadly at present it is not possible to run the course in S. Sudan due to instability. We hope before too long they will qualify and be able to go back and help rebuild their country. The Kisiizi Community Health Insurance Scheme continues to generate a lot of interest with visitors from all over the country coming to look at how it works. We are seeking to increase the health promotion and health screening work and to integrate this with more mental health and epilepsy services into the community. Our child sponsorship programme continues to help vulnerable children and families with education and healthcare costs and has proved a lifeline to many. Our support from Dorcas International is coming to an end in the next year but we are grateful to Kisiizi Partners whose Sponsor an Orphan programme is continuing. One challenge we face is the increasing irrigation of the valley upstream from Kisiizi with drainage of the papyrus swamps means that less and less water is reaching the Falls and hence the hydro-electricity generation plant is struggling to meet demand. Nationally there has been concern about reduced rainfall which has compounded the situation. We are probably going to install some solar water heaters to reduce some of the power demand to help us keep the lights on in the residences. The hospital is always provided for but other lines to the community and staff accommodation are switched off when the water is inadequate. Plans for the future include a new 2-storey ward build on the site of the old Ahumuza ward. This will allow us to have Maternity adjacent to the operating theatres which will be more efficient than the current system where anaesthetic and theatre staff have to move from one area to another when a mother needs a Caesarian section. We also hope to have a new Special Care Baby Unit and to increase the size of the labour ward from 3 to 10 beds as the current demand is high as mothers are choosing to come here to deliver. In addition we hope to have an Intensive Therapy Unit. This relates partly to the increasing range of surgery undertaken where some patients really need ventilator support post-operatively. We also hope to have peritoneal dialysis for patients whose kidneys fail acutely but are likely to recover within a few days. We are hoping to start work on the renovation of the second half of the surgical ward and at the same time enlarge the chapel. This work will involve repair of some old areas of roofing that are failing. We are working hard to complete the [email protected] IT system core functionality, it is nearly done. Almost all of our 38,400 insurance members are entered on the system. It incorporates a range of patient safety features and allows much better data collection, monitoring etc. as well as the clinical benefits. We will welcome the Minister of Tourism on 23rd June to officially launch the Kisiizi Falls site which has been the only project in Uganda supported by the United Nations World Tourism Organization ST-EP program (Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty). We have already had more than 5,400 visitors since it opened on 23rd December. Above: The monument recalling the transition of Kisiizi from a place of despair when pregnant girls who were not married would be thrown from the falls to a place today of healing and hope. Right: The new suspension bridge gives new perspectives on the beautiful Falls. See www.KisiiziFalls.com website launching in June for more details of Kisiizi Falls See www.kisiizihospital.org.ug for the hospital website. Thank you for your support.
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