Nwoya- The administration at Anaka Hospital and residents of Nwoya District are eagerly waiting for completion of the health facility that has been under rehabilitation for one year now.
The hospital was vandalised during the civil war in the region. Speaking to Daily Monitor on Tuesday the Medical Superintendent, Mr Janan Loum, said the upgrading of the facility is a relief to both residents and the medical officers.
“We hope that when the facility is completed it will reduce on the number of the referrals to other medical facilities in the neighbouring districts,” Mr Loum said.
Mr Loum added that there will be a need for more human resource to address the health needs of the population served by the hospital. He said the staffing is at 44 per cent.
“There is need to have more medical doctors on the ground. As we talk now, there are only three medical officers instead of seven. We need a principal medical officer, senior medical officer and special grade officer,” he said.
While visiting the hospital at the weekend, the State minister for Health in charge of General Duties, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, asked the local people to support the government considering the multi-billion project that has been brought in the area.
“We hope with this facility, people’s lives will change since upon completion all the required machines will be installed to avoid further expenses,” he said.
Renovation and construction will cost Shs18 billion; it is funded under Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Programme. The works which started early last year are expected to be completed in June.
Mr Dipak Aunsai from Excel Contractors that is constructing the facility said at the moment 50 per cent of the work is complete.
The new facility will have Intensive Care Unit, a modern Out Patient department and New Causality ward. The mortuary, two staff house blocks and theatre are also under rehabilitation.
Other hospitals under renovation and construction are Kiryandongo, Moyo, Nakaseke, Nebbi and Entebbe hospital.