President Museveni Saturday met senior officials of General Electric (GE) Africa, promising that the government will continue partnering with them in a bid to modernize Uganda’s health sector.
Mr Museveni met GE Africa chief executive officer Mr Farid Fezoua and Mr Alexander Oketch, the projects development director- East Africa shortly after arriving in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ahead of the African Union Heads of State Summit.
During the meeting, Mr Museveni said he expects a comprehensive packaged solution which will include civil works, providing equipment, training experts including BioMeds Engineers, servicing the machines and a funding solution.
"Our traditional political zones are 18 and each of this should have a regional hospital. Coupled with the five zones created out of Kampala, it means we should have 23 regional hospitals," said Mr Museveni.
The latest data from ministry of health indicate that there are about 155 hospitals (public and private) in Uganda. Of these, two are National Referral Hospitals (Mulago and Butabika), 14 are Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) and 139 are General Hospitals (GHs). At least 65 are government owned while 63 PNFP and 27 are private.
President Museveni said the current focus will be on rehabilitation and modernization of the regional referrals and General hospitals. He directed that a good chunk of health centers IV and III to also be equipped.
Mr Fezoua lauded President Museveni and his government for partnering with GE in various sectors of the economy including power and the refinery projects.
Mr Museveni directed the health ministry, whose permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine attended the meeting to fast track and work out the finer details with GE and formalize the agreement in the next three months, according to a statement from the presidency.