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Aviation run yields Medical Equipment worth Sh20m for Entebbe referral hospital


Jan 25, 2020

By Resty Nassazi

The equipment, received by Dr. Martin Opumar, was bought using proceeds from the Aviation Run, which took place in November last year. The run was in celebration of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 75th anniversary which was organized by the Uganda Aeronautical Information Service Officers’ Association in conjunction with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority(UCAA). The emergency care equipment handed to the Entebbe facility included two oxygen concentrators, two patient monitors, one refrigerator, two patient mattresses and associated sundries.

Staff of Entebbe regional referral hospital and Uganda Civil Aviation Authority during the handover ceremony
The run was geared towards bringing Aviation stakeholders together in celebration of ICAO’S 75 years where participants  paid a fee of Sh25,000. According to UCAA’s Director general Mr. David Mpango Kakuba, the charity run was part of the responsibility policy of giving back to the community in which UCAA operates.

He also emphasised a need for UCAA’s participation in equipping Entebbe regional referral hospital, saying it is the first point of call in case of any emergency at Entebbe international airport.

Over 1000 participants turned up for the Aviation run last year

Dr. Robert Mpanga the hospital administrator applauded UCAA for the noble gesture. He implored the general public to utilise Entebbe hospital services, which according to him, are far better than those provided by private clinics. Dr. Mpanga noted that, having been elevated from being a district hospital to a regional referral hospital, Entebbe hospital will have more than 400 medical staff among other workers, from 190 personnel.

Primo Agotre (wearing green jersey) was the overall winner of the Aviation run and was awarded an all-paid trip to Mombasa among other goodies last year

Other organizations that participated in the run include, National medical stores, department of geological survey and mines, Rotary club of Entebbe, Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre, Uganda aviation school, East African civil aviation academy, Prudential insurance, gorilla conservation construction company, Air serve among others.

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