While our OB’s were training in HMS at Namugalwe… we took a side trip with Bob John, the CompuPoint Driver and the Pediatric Residents, Dr. Marilyn Mendoza and Dr. Ryan Smith to see the other Inganga district Health Center… Namalemba. Namalemba is a faith based privately operated Health Center Level II… it serves the local community around Namalemba and is about 80 km from Namungalwe. This center has seen significant support from Rotary Club of Kampala North.
We get on the busy, bumpy, dusty road back to Inganga travel a bit more east then north.
We arrive to the well maintained HC Level II, who are hoping some day for level IV (a doctor and an operating theater is present in HC’s IV)… it is the energy and hope for the future that this center exudes that make them a natural partner, along with the fact that a few Kampala North Rotary club members have ancestor homes in the area and visit often to help their parent’s and the communities of their childhood… they are giving individuals and they will assure the success and sustainability of this project’s investments.
The Chairman George greets us with open arms and we tour the center with our pediatricians… meanwhile the computer networking equipment is dropped off and installation begins in a secure space.
We meet the community’s school head master and are welcomed with open arms as well… he is SO excited a computer teaching center for health workers and for community members is being installed… he indicates this will transform the community, having access to computers with internet connection and wireless broad casting to the center’s various buildings.
We get to meet and greet the local student in class…. We did disturb them a bit and apologized to their teachers for getting the students so excited… it is the health, welfare and medical worker training that will benefit the Namlemba community were are so proud about as we prepare to come the next day in complete computer installation and to officially hand over our Rotary donations.
We depart after the obligatory "few words" and tell them we will see them tomorrow for the official hand over.