KCB Bank Uganda has donated 2 neo-natal incubators to Walukuba and Bugembe health centres in Jinja today. The incubators worth over 20 million shillings are part of the bank’s continued commitment to the development of Uganda’s health sector through reduction of infant mortality rate.
While handing over the incubators, the Head of Corporate Banking Alex Mugabo said that the incubators donation was part of the bank’s objective at enhancing care for mothers and newborns at health care centers across the country.
The donation of the Incubators, he said, “Is an ongoing project of the bank with more health centers across the country lined up to benefit from the incubators.”
Statistics show that of the 1.5 million children born annually, more than 200,000 pre-term babies are born before 37 weeks of being in the womb and nearly 90 per cent of them die before their first birthday.
According to the ministry of health, although the infant mortality rate has reduced to 54 per 1000 live birth, neonatal mortality still remains high at 25 per 1000 live births, therefore being the greatest contributor to the infant mortality.
Despite improvements in technology and a reduction in the child mortality rate, there remains an ongoing need for incubators at our hospitals and health centers,” said Dr Mwanja Wilson the in charge at Bugembe health Center IV “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation by KCB Bank that will give these babies a second chance at life.”
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These incubators help to keep prematurely born babies alive by providing them with better temperature support, reducing the likelihood of infections, respiratory support, as well specialized feeding,” added Dr Mwanja.
In the past three years, KCB Bank Uganda has so far injected 240 million shillings in donating incubators across the country.
The bank also donated building materials to St Matia Mulumba Primary School after it was ravaged by a storm leaving the students with no learning facilities.
About KCB Bank
KCB Bank is a regional bank currently present in six countries; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
In Uganda, KCB Bank, incorporated in 2007, has 16 branches and 18 ATMs in Kampala, Jinja, Mbale, Lira, Gulu, Arua, Hoima, FortPortal and Mbarara.