KAMPALA. President Museveni has said that he is ready for the ground breaking ceremony for the Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.
The President confirmed this on Thursday while meeting with the diplomatic representative of the Aga Khan Development Network and a senior executive team from the Aga Khan University Mr Firoz Rasul at State House Entebbe.
In December 2015, President Museveni and His Highness the Aga Khan laid a brick at the Nakawa site to symbolise the foundation stone-laying for the Aga Khan University Hospital.
According Mr Rasul, His Highness Aga Khan will be in Uganda in July to perform the ground-breaking ceremony with President Museveni to commence construction works.
In the meeting, the President and his guest discussed the final designs and construction programme for the new world-class teaching hospital, with its associated education and housing facilities planned for Kampala. Ministers from the relevant ministries were also present.
Mr Rasul briefed the President about the construction progress of the University Hospital and showed him the plan and the module of the Hospital structure. The Aga Khan University Hospital in Nakawa will be built on a plot donated by the government of Uganda and the project is expected to have a 600 bed facility with 100 beds in the first phase.
“This modern hospital, which has been designed by award-winning international architects, will provide health professionals with the highly functional spaces and state of the art equipment they need to deliver optimal care. This project represents the shared vision and aspirations of His Excellency President Museveni and His Highness the Aga Khan for a world-class teaching hospital to serve the people of Uganda and the region,” he said.
He thanked the President for his support and told him that they are ready to start the construction works, adding that they will start with the construction of training facilities for Doctors, and nurses among others.
“This is a very important initiative for us as it is for the Government of Uganda. Extensive work has gone into researching the disease burden and healthcare needs of the people of Uganda, the urban planning considerations for this thriving city of Kampala and the dire need for the development of healthcare professionals. This deep analysis has helped us to shape our designs and plans, and we are now ready to move to the next phase of construction,” Mr Rasul said.
State House has clarified that actual construction of the Aga Khan Hospital will commence in July, but the date for ground breaking is yet to be scheduled.