The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has today kicked off its community initiatives as part of the Customer Connect Week, in which it will donate medical equipment worth UGX370 Million to five health facilities to enhance accessibility of medical health services in Uganda.
While handing over the medical equipment, Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) at Buganda Road play grounds Stevens Mwanje, the NSSF Head of Sales & Operations, said that healthcare is a fundamental aspect of social security and is an essential need of every society because it impacts on work productivity.
“This is our contribution to a better life for our citizens, which is in line with our social responsibility agenda, in addition to our statutory mandate to provide social security to private sector workers in Uganda, but as a responsible institution it’s our endeavour to improve the quality of life of our communities through the various initiatives we undertake from time to time,” Mwanje said.
The Director, Uganda Heart Institute, Dr John Omagino, applauded the NSSF for the kind gesture, saying the donation will boost the capacity of the institute to offer better services to thousands of patients with cardiovascular and thoracic diseases it receives annually. The institute receives more than 12,000 visitors per year.
“Space and funding have been some of the challenges in executing better services but improving our health system calls for a collaborative approach with the government, and today’s gesture by the NSSF is a welcome call,” Dr Omagino said.
Besides the Uganda Heart Institute, other outreaches by the Fund this week will include;
- Kawaala Health Centre where medical equipment worth UGX74.8 Million will be given to its maternity and post-natal facility.
- Masaka Regional Referral Hospital to receive equipment worth 2 Million for the Neonatal Unit. This will include an incubator, oxygen concentrator and electric suction machine, among others.
- Soroti Regional Referral Hospital will have a facelift of the maternity ward and hospital beds worth UGX76.6 Million
- Hope for Humans, an NGO in Kitgum that provides health care to underprivileged persons will receive UGX 66.7 Million.
The CSR activities are a continuation of the Fund’s 4th Customer Connect Week, dedicated to NSSF members through a series of activities across the Fund’s branch network.
NSSF has in the past years engaged in a number of social responsible projects like Torch Awards,countrywide blood donation drives, free dental camps for underprivileged and supported public schools in Kampala city.