The visit to the Therapeutic ward in Lira Hospital
The SI Lira has informally continued to support children in the Therapeutic Unit of Lira Regional Referral Hospital in Northern Uganda with assorted items to give hope and make life a bit easy for the mothers and the children. The need to support these children, who are sick and malnourished together with their poor mothers grow daily. During this visit, the number of the children at therapeutic feeding Centre/unit had dropped from 16, when the team visited in July to 6. The reason for this drop is not that there are no longer cases of malnutrition in the communities, but it is because, the mothers are too poor to come to hospital. Besides, the region and the country (Uganda) at large has experienced a whole year of dry spell with massive crop failure. There is generally famine in the communities and it’s expected to grow worse. The mothers fear leaving other children behind without food to cook, and also going to hospital with nothing to carry for upkeep.
Visiting and supporting the children and the mothers in this unit has continued to be one of the core activities of SI Lira. During a visit in November 2016, a team of 4 members from SI Lira found 6 children on admission. It was even sadder to learn that, out of the 6 only 3 mothers were in the unit with their sick children. The rest of the mothers had carried their sick children and gone to the suburbs of town to look for petty work to do in order to survive at the hospital.
The team prayed with the present mothers, counselled them and gave them Sugar and plastic sheets for the children to sleep on. The items for the mothers who had gone out, were left on their beds and the nurses present requested to notify the owners upon return. The team will be going back to share charismas gifts with the mothers and the children in the unit during charismas eve.