The Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has lauded Marie Stopes Uganda for their commitment and visible progress in increasing availability of affordable health services across Uganda. These remarks were made at the hybrid event to officially open the new Marie Stopes Specialized Hospital and Maternity located at Forest Mall in Lugogo.
The new facility, that started welcoming patients in July this year, will further bring quality maternity and sexual reproductive health services closer to the Ugandan population. It is comprised of fully stocked laboratories, two operating theatres, consultation rooms, admission general wards, private and VIP rooms and many other facilities.
Open 24-hours a day and with fully equipped emergency ambulance services, the new hospital offers a myriad of health services, such as management of general medical and surgical ailments, comprehensive laboratory services, Post Abortion Care, Diagnostic Scans and 3D scans, Reproductive health services including management of STIs/STDs, Gynecological services and Cervical cancer screening and treatment of positive lesions. Additional services such as Family planning counselling, Management of infertility and hormonal imbalance as well as Immunization /vaccination are also readily available.
Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah congratulated Marie Stopes Uganda upon opening a hospital in Uganda and for tirelessly increasing access to reproductive health services across Uganda.
“I recently learned, with concern, that fewer expectant women were going to hospitals which has continued to put the lives of mothers and their babies at risk. There is an urgent need to continue following up on mothers after birth to reduce any undetected complications,” he noted.
“The opening of specialist facilities like this Marie Stopes hospital is a step in the right direction and I call upon all stakeholders in the health sector to work together to ensure improved female health across Uganda,” he added.
According to Dr. Carole Sekimpi, the Country Director of Marie Stopes Uganda, the Marie Stopes Hospital and Maternity is a culmination of over 30 years of dedication to providing a wide range of health services to Ugandan women, men and young people through various channels across Uganda.
“We are very elated to officially launch the Marie Stopes Hospital and Maternity. This new facility adds to our network of various channels including our 15 clinics located in both urban and peri-urban areas,” she noted.
“Uganda loses 14 to 15 women everyday due to unsafe motherhood. With such statistics, we call upon all Ugandans to prioritize safe motherhood, right from conception to birth, in order to reduce the number of deaths. At this new facility, we are focusing on all aspects of women health, right from planning for pregnancy to antenatal care and finally to birth,” she added.
In the lead up to the hospital launch, Marie Stopes Uganda hosted a free Safe Motherhood Webinar to highlight the importance of safe motherhood as well as give tips on how to keep mothers and newborns safe.