Trahas Bed Care (U) Ltd Friday officially opened in Uganda to offer home care treatment and bed side care services to Ugandans in a move that will revolutionize the country’s health system.
Speaking to journalists at the company’s head offices in Muyenga-Kironde road, Trahas Bed Care Business Development Director, Edwin Basoga said homecare and bedside services have been missing in Uganda.
“Many of our middle age and young generation nowadays work full –time yet they have elderly parents to look after, young children to care for, sick loved ones to comfort and a host of unemployed dependents with varying demands, thus creating a need to have an independent professional and dedicated help from a known service provider to take care of them. That’s why we are here; to take home care and beside services closer to the said categories of people,” Basoga said.
‘’We come in with an aim to bridge this care gap mostly by addressing five key aspects i.e physical care, mental care, health care, nutritional care and any form of assistance that our care takers must handle while offering bedside care services to our clients at an affordable fee,’’ he added.
Trahas Bedside Care Ltd also targets families that are childless yet aged; those that don’t have children or immediate family members to look after them in their old age.
In addition to the above services, the company has an ambulance to quickly deliver its clients to specialised health facilities.
“Mobility and quick delivery of our clients to specialised health facilities is what we have invested in heavily because when you hire our services ,you rest assured that any time T we can transport your loved one to a healthy facility whenever need arises. You don’t need to rush home in traffic jam to pick a loved one to a hospital when we are here,” Basoga added.
The company was incorporated this year and is not a medical company but rather an agency with a professional touch to care of the said categories.
Moses Batambula, the company’s Director in charge of Administration said this explains why they are not regulated by the Ministry of Health. He however said they follow all the regulatory requirements in the country and work in close collaboration with the Palliative Care Association of Uganda.
“We have 20 professional nurses for the start to take care of our clients/patients. We don’t administer patients or treat them because we are not a medical facility; we take care of patients, organize doctor visits,” Batambula said, adding that the company’s rates are affordable as they go for as low as Shs25, 000 per day (24 hours).
Scolah Nakiyaga, a Senior Nurse in charge of Operations at Trahas Bedside Care Ltd said the company has key equipment to take care of the elderly and their patients. These include BP machines, Glucometer, fetoscopes for pregnant mothers, thermometers and telescopes among others.
Batambula noted that the company’s ambulance is equipped with latest medical technology to give first aid to a patient.
“It is not just a moving vehicle; it’s a medical ambulance to save a life,” he said, adding the company has capacity to work on any client across the country.
Elaborating on the company’s key care services, Basoga said their services include bed bath, -nursing care, -patient feeding, physical fitness drills, -timely drug administration, monitoring blood pressure, monitoring sugar levels, monitoring temperature levels, monitoring vital signs and changes and postnatal care which includes care to babies and mothers after delivery and care to caesarean mothers after delivery among others.