By Sandra Birungi
Government, under the Ministry of Health has taken the initiative to renovate hospitals in the country.
The renovation is going to be funded by a loan acquired from the World Bank worth sh808 billion. In a press statement issued by the Director General of Health Services, Dr Jane Aceng, government has set out a plan to renovate the hospitals and health facilities throughout the country after mobilising funds from the national budget and international agencies.
At center stage of the renovation is Mulago National Referral Hospital. The facility’s spokesperson, 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 de-congest Mulago, a plan that has been on paper for the last three years.
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.