Kampala- The government has contracted seven Chinese companies to renovate 47 health facilities countrywide.
Under the programme, the companies will each renovate a hospital while one local company, Excel, and Prism from South Korea were considered by the Health ministry.
The ministry received a $130m (Shs323 billion) loan from the World Bank in 2010 to revamp the health sector.
Infrastructure was allocated Shs174 billion, Shs74 billion for reproductive health and the rest for training health workers and governance.
The 18-month exercise, expected to start in December, will have the health facilities renovated in two phases, including Moroto and Mubende hospitals.
Nineteen ambulances will also be procured in the same project and other medical facilities in the hospitals.
The permanent secretary in the ministry of Health, Mr Asuman Lukwago, who signed the contracts on behalf of the government, warned the companies against shoddy work.
He urged them to lift their output to international standard since the project is sponsored by the World Bank which demands quality and respect for local manpower.
“Be conscious of quality. We want these hospitals to last 50 years. I know what Chinese companies can do and if you do well, we will consider you for more projects,” Mr Lukwago said.
More than 72 local and international companies put in their bid with some hospitals attracting more than 10 companies.
Mr Lukwago said the bidding process was free from corruption as the ministry used international standards to select bidders.
Company Hospitals Amount
Sinohydro Mityana Shs15b
Yanjian Uganda Nakaseke Shs12b
China Nat Complant Kiryadongo Shs12b
China Railway No.5 Eng Nebbi Shs 7b
Excel Constn Ltd Anaka Shs 15b
Excel Constn Ltd Moroto Shs 20b
China Nat Aero-Tech Entebbe Shs17b
China Nat AeroTech Eng Iganga Shs 10b
Prism Constn Company Moyo Shs 10b