n a joyous celebration marking the 20th anniversary of Bwindi Community Hospital, a beacon of healthcare excellence, Uganda Nursing School Bwindi recently held its third graduation ceremony, proudly including the inaugural cohort from Uganda College of Health Sciences.
A total of 250 graduates, equipped with diplomas and certificates in midwifery, clinical medicine, and health sciences, were celebrated in a ceremony graced by distinguished guests. The chief guest, Mr. Sam Wanda, Executive Director of UWA, conveyed his pleasure in the longstanding partnership with Dr. Scott, whose vision played a pivotal role in establishing Bwindi Community Hospital. Mr. Charles Tumwesigye, Deputy Field Operations at Uganda UWA, represented him, commending the two decades of exceptional healthcare services provided to both the local population and tourists visiting Bwindi National Park.
Dr. Asaph Owomukama, the Executive Director of Bwindi Community Hospital, emphasized that the 20-year milestone was more than a mere passage of time; it stood as a testament to the countless lives positively impacted by the unwavering commitment to accessible and exceptional healthcare. He urged the graduates to carry forward the torch of total compassion in their noble path of healthcare, providing healing and comfort.
Special appreciation was extended to Dr. Scott Kellerman and the Kellerman Foundation for their pivotal role in the hospital’s inception. Dr. Scott shared that his motivation stemmed from the challenging conditions faced by the Batwa people, expelled from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Dr. Ben Bonye, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, reflected on the hospital’s transformation from humble beginnings under a tree to a renowned institution. He encouraged graduates to apply the knowledge acquired from the institution in their professional journey.
The Right Rev. Dan Zoreka, in a message from the Bishop of Diocese of Kinkiizi, lauded the graduates for their incredible success after years of hard work. He encouraged them to be beacons of hope, demonstrating love and care to the sick.
Hon. Frank Byaruhanga, representing the LC5 Chairperson Kanungu District, praised Dr. Scott Kellerman for starting Bwindi Community Hospital and all the partners who supported along the way in the establishment of Uganda Nursing School Bwindi, noting the significant improvement in health facilities within the district.
Betega David, Chief Administrative Officer of Kanungu, expressed his admiration for the award given to Kanungu as a district for outstanding service and dedication to Bwindi Community Hospital. He acknowledged the hospital’s role in filling gaps left in government health service delivery and pledged continued support from the district.
The story of Bwindi Community Hospital and its affiliated institutions is a testament to the transformative power of dedication, partnership, and a shared commitment to advancing healthcare for the betterment of communities.