On 10th December 2021, ASEI completed installation and hand over of solar powered UV-C water disinfection units at Kyegegwa hospital and Hapuuyo health centre III in Kyegegwa district with support from SD Strategies Australia.

The units installed at both health facilities have the capacity to supply safe drinking water to over 200 patients daily. Special thanks to Sonja Duncan and Richard Birdsey and the staff at ASEI including the board of directors for making this possible.

People go to health facilities to seek medical assistance and treatment yet hundreds of millions of people face an increased risk of infection by seeking care in health facilities that lack some of the basic necessities, including water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) and health care waste services.

The installed units at the facilities will contribute to reduction of risks of infection from drinking untreated water. Below are some of the sites where installation was done.

Kyegegwa hospital

Kyegegwa general hospital

The first unit was installed at Kyegegwa hospital maternity ward in Kyegegwa district which has been upgraded to the status of a general hospital to meet the health needs of the growing population in the district and its environs. 

The units will ensure mothers have access to safe clean drinking water at the ward. The units were officially handed over to the incharge of Kyegegwa hospital Dr Martin by the ASEI programs director Alicwamu Moses.

The Incharge Dr Martin shared some insightful words with us!

Hapuuyo health centre III

Hapuuyo health centre III

The second unit was installed at Hapuuyo health centre III located in Kyegegwa district, the units will ensure on time oral administration of directly observed treatment (DOT) drugs to patients in the health centres. The unit was officially handed over to the in-charge Dr William at Hapuuyo health centre III.

We had an interview with Dr William and he had this to say.

We will continue to carryout periodic monitoring visits to the health centres where the units were installed and also provide more technically assistance were needed.