The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has approved a $ 550,533 donation to renovate and equip Kampala’s Nsambya Specialised Eye Hospital.
This was revealed on Thursday during a four-day visit to Lions Clubs of Uganda, District 411B, by LCIF second vice president Dr. Patti Hill and her husband, Lion Greg Holmes.
Dr. Patti told Nsambya Hospital management that the LCIF is committed to training medical workers as well as conducting medical outreach programs.
“We need to support training of technical staff at the Hospital in addition to maintaining sustainability through the presence of Lions Club members in these humanitarian projects. My job as vice president of Lions International is to support you and that’s why you should invest in research and training”, she said.
Dr. Geoffrey Erem, a Specialist Radiologist at Nsambya Hospital and Coordinator of the Comprehensive Eye Care Project at Nsambya Hospital, stated construction work at the specialized eye hospital is at an 80 percent completion rate and that the complete project will cost $420,000. (roughly Shs 1.5 billion).
“Construction started in September 2021 and by June 2022 it will be over we hope”, he said.
Governor of the Lions Clubs of Uganda, John Bosco Ntangare, emphasized the importance of Nsambya Hospital employees joining Lions Clubs as a way to help impoverished populations who cannot afford specialized treatment get access to healthcare.
Dr. Andrew Sekitoleko, the Chief Executive Officer of Nsambya Facility, said that providing specialized eye treatment to the underprivileged is a top priority, considering that the 119-year-old hospital was created by Christian Missionaries from Ireland to serve both rich and poor people.