Kabale Regional Referral Hospital is to be upgraded into a teaching hospital when the Kabale University Medical School opens its campus in Kabale Town.
The executive director of the hospital, Dr Placid Mihayo, said on Monday, the general renovation of the hospital had begun and the construction of a modern theatre, maternity ward and out patients department is under way. He said Shs20 billion has been budgeted for the work.
“We are getting prepared by putting up facilities required for a teaching hospital. Once it turns into a teaching hospital, the challenges of health consultants and physicians shall be no more. It will be a blessing to have a teaching hospital,” Dr Mihayo said.
The senior hospital administrator, Mr David Tibemanya, said the hospital has no medical doctor out of the seven required and has challenges of inadequate consultants and physicians. He said the proposal to make it a teaching hospital was hatched recently by the university administration and its promoters. Prime Minister designate, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, is the Chairman Board of trustees for the university.
Ready to start
The Vice Chancellor Kabale University Prof Joy Kwesiga said plans to start a medical school at Kabale University have been completed and they will soon begin admitting students.
Kabale University was started in 2001 as a secular community-founded and people-centred institution by a group of promoters in collaboration with the district local governments of Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro and Rukungiri, with a mission of being a people centred efficient university that excels in generation and dissemination of relevant quality knowledge. It has faculties of science, Arts and social sciences, education, institute of Engineering and institute of Languages.