Monday, 21 June 2021

Rotary Club of Henley Bridge

THE regional hospital in Soroti, Uganda, which serves three million people, many living on 64p a

THE regional hospital in Soroti, Uganda, which serves three million people, many living on 64p a day, is in dire need of repairs to its outdated and defective water supply.

The Rotary Club of Thanet has formed a partnership with Henley Bridge Rotary Club to raise funds for Soroti.

Speakers from Thanet addressed the Henley club&rsquos weekly meeting at Badgemore Park Golf Club on Wednesday last week.

They told local Rotarians and their guests of the dreadful plight of some patients at the hospital, which is severely underfunded and has 274 beds always 250 per cent occupied.

The water tank lasts for only 12 hours each day but is frequently not filled.

Doctors and nurses work tirelessly for long hours but their work is hampered if they&rsquore not able to wash properly and if equipment cannot be sterilised.

Last year, the Thanet club initiated a feasibility study to provide a continuous supply of water to the hospital.

They then approached the Henley club because of its years of expertise in applying for matching grants from Rotary International in America.

The Henley club will now be involved, helping Thanet to raise the £36,000 required to complete the initial phase to prevent water being wasted from leaking pipes.

A solar-powered bore hole costing £16,000 is also on the wish list for as and when funds become available.

Soroti Hospital was built by the British in the Twenties as a smallpox hospital. It now provides surgery and medical care and deals with malaria, diarrhoea, maternity and emergencies etc.

Patients are escorted by their families — sometimes for miles — and the families camp in the grounds to provide food for the patients. Members of Thanet Rotary Club have visited Soroti on several occasions and formed links with the Soroti Rotary Club and a locally based director of WaterAid.

The visitors from the Thanet club were president David Mander and committee chairs Sir Alastair Hunter and John Rew.

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