When news started circulating that a team of eighteen medics at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital led by Dr. Joseph Epodoi, the Senior Consultant Surgeon had successfully separated conjoined twins, one of whom had died at birth and subsequent news that many hospital equipment was dysfunctional, Kyambogo saw a need to support. As a way of appreciating this heroic and committed service to humanity and communities, Kyambogo University students of Biomedical Engineering repaired and serviced hospital machines that had for long been down and dysfunctional. They included: Nebulizer, Patient monitor, Oxygen concentrator, Infusion pump, Operating table, Diathermy machine, Ceiling mounted theatre lamp, Anesthesia Datex-ohmeda and Radiant warmer. Some of the equipment were repaired while others were completely replaced. This was done as a way of easing the work of the medics while serving the nation.
The Vice Chancellor inspecting work done by students to repair medical equipment at the hospital
To further support the hospital serve better, the university also donated 45 clinical coats, 10 Blood Pressure Machines, and 15 Pulse Oximeters. The university also appreciated and recognized the outstanding services of Dr. Epodoi and his team by giving them recognition certificates.
The team that Dr. Epodoi and his team led to save a life is composed of:
This is not the first time for Kyambogo University Biomedical Engineering students to do this work. They have been supporting other hospitals in repairing their medical equipment including: Lira Regional Referral Hospital, All districts Health Facilities of West Nile, Hoima Regional Referral Hospital, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, Kyenjojo, then Mulago National Referral Hospital and Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital. In All these facilities, the students do needs assessment, repairs and user training of new equipment. Kyambogo University Legacy of imparting knowledge and skill to students has put her graduates on high demand in the labour market.
Present at the function were the: Resident City Commissioner, the District Chairperson, City Mayor and the Hospital Director among other members of the hospital staff.