Government to renovate hospitals

Thursday September 26 2013

By Agatha Ayebazibwe

Kampala

The Ministry of Health has announced plans to renovate the national referral hospital and other regional referral hospitals after acquiring loans from the World Bank amounting to Shs808b.

According to a press statement issued by the Director General of Health Services, Dr Jane Aceng, the government is rolling out a comprehensive plan to renovate the dilapidated hospitals and health facilities throughout the country after mobilising funds from the national budget and international agencies.
Under the plan, Mulago National Referral Hospital takes a centre stage with plans to improve it into a state-of-the-art hospital offering tertiary and specialised health services.

The facility’s spokesperson, Mr Enock Kusasira, said renovation plans are in the final stages after the acquisition of $88m from the African Development Bank. “The renovation works will start early next year. We are also finalising with designs for the new structures,” Mr Kusasira said.

According to the statement from the Health ministry, part of the funding will also go towards the construction of two new hospitals in Kampala - Kirudu and Kawempe hospitals to elevate them to referral status to decongest Mulago, a plan that has been on paper for the last three years.

Plans complete
However, the renovations and construction of these facilities was expected to start at the beginning of this year, but there was slight delay in procurement. The Ministry of Health spokesperson, Ms Rukia Nakamatte, said all procurement and designs have been finalised, adding that the renovations would start by the end of this year.

Other facilities that are going to benefit from the programme include the 47 health facilities under the Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project phase one, which is expected to begin November.

Under the project funded with a $195m loan from the World Bank, Moroto Regional Referral Hospital and eight general hospitals: Mityana, Nakaseke, Anaka, Moyo, Entebbe, Nebbi, Iganga and Kiryandongo will be renovated.
Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and other eight hospitals: Masindi, Kawolo, Bugiri, Itojo, Apac, Pallisa, Buwenge and Bukwo will be renovated in phase two of the project. Other facilities to be renovated are 27 health centres.

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