Relief for cancer patients as Iran govt hands over Naguru hospital

Thursday August 13 2015

By Joseph Kato

Kampala- Ugandans who have been seeking treatment for tumours abroad can now receive such care at the Iran Uganda Friendship Mini Hospital in Naguru.

The Iran government on Monday handed over a fully-fledged mini hospital to the police, which will offer treatment for both mild and severe illnesses.

According to Dr Asuman Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Health, the hospital will become one of the referral centres for specialised treatment such as bone, dental and other tumours.

“We are very happy for this health facility that will offer treatment to nationals. These are the fruits of the blossoming friendship between Uganda and Iran,” Dr Lukwago said.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Azad Islamic University and the police over the management of the hospital.

Mr Molla Abdullahi, the director general of Africa ministry of Foreign Affairs from Iran, said his government was ready to continue investing in Uganda.

“This is the first phase of aid in regard to the health sector. But we are going to construct a five-star hospital with more than 500 beds to reduce the burden of Ugandans seeking treatment abroad,” he said.

Mr Abdullahi said his government would share its experience in combating terrorism.

“There is a big threat of terrorism in Africa and Asia. This is a terrible menace that antagonises the peace and security. We shall share our experience and cooperate to fight terrorism,” the Iran official said.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said the Iran government offered to build the hospital when he first visited the country in 2007, adding that the work was stalled by the embargos which had been imposed on Iran.