Tuesday August 26 2014

Japan gives Shs34b to renovate Kabale, Hoima hospitals

By Agatha Ayebazibwe

Kampala- Rehabilitation and equipping of Kabale, Hoima and Fort Portal regional referral hospitals is set for September following the acquisition of a Shs34 billion grant from the Japanese government, the Health ministry permanent secretary has said.

Dr Asuman Lukwago said Kabale and Hoima hospitals have been selected for rehabilitation following an assessment which revealed that they were in a dire state. He said part of the money will also be used to equip Fort Portal hospital.

‘Timely undertaking’
“The grant is timely and the objective is to upgrade and improve the quality of healthcare services at the three hospitals through the refurbishment, expansion and the supply of equipment,” said Dr Lukwago in a recent interview with Daily Monitor.

He said in order for the hospital to function efficiently, it was deemed necessary to undertake total rehabilitation and expansion as well as replacement of equipment.

“We will also construct an out patient department, an operation theatre, maternity ward at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital; a causality block, operation theatre at Kabale and Hoima regional referral hospitals,” Dr Lukwago said, adding that the move follows an assessment exercise which revealed that the three hospitals are in a sorry state yet they serve a big population.

The project is expected to end by March 2016.