Chronology of Developments
In February the Health Unit officially opens. Hilda Abeja assists Doctor Priscilla Göhner. Two more rooms of the shed are added, being divided by reed-mats. Up to 90 people are treated daily, three times a week.
In May, the laboratory commences its services with the help of Rev. Benjamin Okwir.
In November a Medical Assistant is employed, and people can come five days a week.
A young nurse joins the “staff”. Three beds for serious cases are squeezed in. In August the first staff-house is being built, followed by the Out Patients’ Department.
OPD is completed and a German task force from the Volksmission e.C., together with volunteer-pastors from the PAG Lira Pastorate, erects children’s ward. Second staff house is built.
Opening of children’s ward with 25 beds, housing up to 70 children, plus their attendants!
Small kitchen units are added to assist attendants to prepare food for the patients.
Foundation for materinty ward is laid.
Maternity ward is opened, offering also eleven beds for non-pregnant women. Third staff house and a doctor’s residence are added to accommodate the growing number of the hospital team.
Two small apartments for overseas personnel are planned.
The German Embassy in Kampala donates an autoclave.
The two apartments await the first batch of overseas helpers. The fourth staff house is built. Land is acquired for a more adequate children’s ward.
A new children’s ward with 122 beds is approved by the Government of Uganda. Sister Barbara von Wilcke comes for one year and starts Nutrition Unit for malnourished children.
Foundation is laid for new children’s ward after years of battle for the clinic land.
Jacob Bohnacker, Architect from Germany, puts plinth and pours 152 re-enforced concrete pillars which will carry the super-structure that can reach up to four storeys.
German Task Force under E.O. Mayer from the Volksmission pours the first ceiling and staircases, Bernard Etam carries on with local craftsmen and pour pillars and second (and – for the time being – last) ceiling.
Meanwhile the old children’s ward with its 25 beds serves hundreds of children every month, stressing the urgency for the new ward.
Sister Annemarie Eggimann from Switzerland enhances the team as logistics manager.
78 members of staff look forward to opening of New Children’s Ward in November.
Mortuary, kitchen facilities and sanitary necessities are provided.
In October the top storey of the new children’s ward is opened for malnourished children.
In November the old children’s ward is transformed into a ward for our male patients.
In August Dr Andrew Odur joins the health Unit.
In October Sister Annemarie Eggimann returns back to Switzerland after almost five years of dedicated service in our logistics department.
In November the renovated operating theatre is opened and placed under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Odur.The Health Unit employs over 100 staff.
In April Dr Priscilla Göhner hands over the Administration of the Health Unit to Rev Benjamin Okwir. Rev Benjamin is now the new Health Unit I/C.
In June Rev Siegmar, Dr Priscilla and their son, Jonathan Ochieng Göhner leave Lira and return to Germany. With Germany as their permanent base they continue to be involved in the Health Unit and Missions work in Northern Uganda. They remain as members in the Governing Board of the Health Unit and visit the Health Unit at regular intervals.
In September Dr Pamella Auma joins the Health Unit.
In February founding doctor visits for the first time after leaving Lira in June 2012.
Imaging Department opened.
Dr Dickens Ogwal appointed Medical Superintendent.
Dental Department opened.
New Medical Store opened.
In July the Infectious Disease Ward is commissioned by the Japanese Embassador, H.E. Kazuaki Kameda.