In September 2012 two of our nurses attended the Cesarean operation in the theatre in Soroti Hospital. The new mother was a 13 year old girl, who was brought to Amecet by the police. They had a good talk with Dr. Ouna, the doctor who performed the operation. Later I had a talk with him and he asked if we could help him. There was no monitor for the mothers in the theatre, they were loosing mothers, just because there was no way of seeing the warnings. I told him that we didn't have money, but I would try to see if I could find people to help. I found an organization who wanted to help: Metterdaad, a Dutch Christian organization who does radio and TV reports about needs they feel should be met and people can send gifts towards the needs. In December 2012, we were in Holland for holidays, I had a radio interview, which was on the radio in June 2013. And in the mean time I met with the doctor Ouna and asked which machine and in faith I ordered the Universal Anaesthesia Machine. The money was send in December 2013 and last week we got a phone call on Friday that we could come to Kampala to pick the machine!!!
So, on Tuesday Simon and Elias left at 5 am. to Kampala to pick the machine. They shared the driving, and that was good, because they arrive at 1 am. in the night, back in Soroti. The next morning we brought the machine to the store in the hospital. We couldn't carry it inside (150 kg.) and to keep it on the back of the car was also risky, because the machine is worth more than 16.000 US $.
We organised with Soroti Hospital that the official handover of the machine would be done on Friday (today).
Today, we gathered together and were wearing the white operation room boots, but we were allowed inside the theatre. And we saw the machine, which was already installed by the company where we had bought it from.
One of the senior surgeons was leading the meeting and we got a demonstration, done by the two anaestasists who are going to work with the machine in the future. There was a lot of excitement, it is a very good machine and even when the electricity stops, the machine will still work.
The machine is given to the hospital, to the community of Teso, so there were some official people from the government invited to testify this event. Left is the L.C 5, this is an important man in the community and next to him, the Mayor of Soroti. Then there were people of the press, the local and the national newspapers, also from the National TV, there was a reporter.
Doctor Ouna gave a speech, he is very happy with the machine, we, as Amecet, work quite a lot with him. Regular we get a phone call from him, please I have a baby here who needs help, can you take the baby in Amecet. At the moment we also have a child who came via him in Amecet, the mother passed away. He is a very compassionate man and he cares for his patients.
The nurses and other medical personnel were also present. I think they are ready to use the machine as soon as we were gone.
This is the senior surgeon who is thanking, via me, the people of the Netherlands, who have donated so freely for the purchase of this machine. It will be a big different, when they now operate, and something goes wrong, the monitor will warn, so that something can be done. I also want to thank the people who are reading this and who have been helping us to buy this machine for the Hospital, it will save the lives of the Teso mothers!!! Thanks to Metterdaad, who saw the need and helped us so much!
EYALAMA NOI, NOI, NOI.