Kampala, Uganda – Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has made a donation of Personal Protective Equipment worth Ugx 74 million to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital to support the community in the fight against COVID 19.
The PPEs donated include; disposable coveralls, eye googles, heavy duty and surgical gloves, Aprons, Infra-red thermometers, N95 masks, Sanitizer, Liquid soap, Hand wash gel, JIK sodium hypoclorite, Examination gloves, Waste bins, Nasopharygeal swabs among other supplies.
While handing over the donation, Cynthia Mpanga, the Corporate Affairs Manager, Standard Chartered Bank Uganda noted that the bank was pleased to extend this donation to Mubende Regional Referral Hospital to support it’s frontline healthcare workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Over the last 4 years we have worked very closely and supported the community in Mubende through our flagship sustainability initiative; Seeing is Believing.’ Ms Mpanga said.
According to Mpanga, the Programme that has achieved tremendous success equipping the ophthalmic unit in Mubende, human resource development, offering free cataract surgeries, community outreaches, providing drugs and low vision gadgets among others through the bank’s partner NGO, BHVI is aimed at eradicating avoidable and curable blindness in this region.
“With the onset of the COVID 19 Pandemic however, we had to help the hospital deal with the current challenge by extending this COVID-19 emergency relief support.” she added.
Dr. Naome Nsubuga, the Country Representative, Brien Holden Vision Institute on her part urged the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital management to ensure the PPEs are put to good use for the benefit of the entire community including the health workers.
“It has been a great pleasure working with the Mubende Regional Referral hospital management for several years to extend critical health services to alleviate some of the suffering in this community. Making this donation today is however more gratifying as we have been able to respond quickly to another threatening challenge to ensure the community in Mubende is not adversely impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic,” she said.
She thanked Standard Chartered Bank for trusting BHVI in implementing this initiative, and for supporting Mubende Hospital with the donation and making the various COVID 19 Relief measures to other NGOs and to the government for the wellbeing of the entire country.
“You have demonstrated your reliability and compassion for the people of Uganda in a time of need and for that we are truly grateful.” Dr. Nsubuga said.
While receiveing the donation, the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital Director, Dr. Alex Andema said the hospital was grateful and thanked Standard Chartered Bank for the offer.
“As a Regional referral hospital, we are very grateful for this donation from Standard Chartered Bank and BHVI. We do realize that times are tough for all of us including businesses, so we do not take this donation for granted in times such as these,” he said.
He noted that the PPEs will be put to good use, by protecting and motivating health workers as they do their jobs and of course supplement the hospitals meagre supplies.
“I can assure you that with these PPEs, the health workers will do their work more efficiently and with peace of mind,” said Dr. Andema
In line with the Bank’s brand promise – Here for good, Africa Tembelea understands that Standard Chartered Bank is committed to go beyond banking to provide emergency relief to its communities in Uganda.