With only a few doctors and limited facilities for a swelling patient population, Masaka hospital can see better days ahead, as construction of an 800-bed block gets underway.
Masaka district, whose major hospital serves a population of about two million people, has been overwhelmed by hundreds of outpatients a day. The new hospital complex will serve at least 400 mothers and 300 children daily, compared to the current 200 patients.
It is a common sight, according to Florence Gumisiriza, to see women deliver on verandahs due to a lack of beds, but with this development, this may soon be history since the facility will be fitted with 800 beds. The complex, worth shs10.6bn, will be constructed by Tirupati Development Uganda, who, according to Dismus Wandera, the hospital procurement officer, edged out 10 companies to win the contract.
Speaking at the handover of the site to the contractor on June 10, the joint managing director of Tirupati Development, Miraj Barot, said construction would start next month and the hospital complex would be ready by 2016.
“The project will employ at least 80% of the workforce from Masaka,” Miraj said.
According to Joel Aita, chief executive officer of Joadah Consult, the project consulting engineers, the modern, five-storied complex will use the latest technology such as Tele-medicine. Masaka Resident District Commissioner Linos Ngompek pledged maximum security for the contractors. He said road contractors along the Masaka-Mbarara highway were losing equipment and fuel to thieves.