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Renovation of seven hospitals complete

Renovation works for seven of nine hospitals, which the government has been rehabilitating and re-equipping with the help of a World Bank loan, are all complete.

The hospitals are Moroto regional referral and the general hospitals of Kiryandongo, Nakaseke, Anaka, Entebbe, Iganga and Mityana district.

The works, worth $52.6 million (Shs 189 billion), are part of the health sector comprehensive infrastructural development plan to reconstruct and renovate dilapidated hospitals and health facilities throughout the country. The objective is to deliver a minimum healthcare package with a focus on maternal health, newborn care and family planning.

Moroto regional referral hospital now boasts of a new out-patient department, 15 staff houses, Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines and power houses, among other structures, according to a statement from the permanent secretary in the ministry of health, Dr Asuman Lukwago.

The hospital’s water supply system, according to Dr Lukwago, has also been boosted with a 144,000-litre reservoir and boreholes with solar water pumps. Additionally, a new sewage network for Moroto hospital has been put in place to improve sanitation.

“The new structures are expected to improve health service delivery in the Karamoja sub-region, majorly benefiting the districts of Napak, Kaabong, Nakapiripirit, Kween, Kotido and Moroto, among others,” he said.

Entebbe general hospital, whose works are nearing completion, has a new centralised block housing the out-patient department, wards and theatres.

Other structures include the mortuary which has been boosted with a nine-body fridge, and a placenta and medical waste pit. The water supply system has further been upgraded with a 144,000-litre reservoir.

HEALTH CENTRES IV

Under the same funding, construction works for maternity wards are underway in 19 health centre IVs. These include Kitwe, Mwizi, Kassanda, Kiganda, Mwera, Kyantungo, Ngoma, Kikamulo, Rubaare, Buvuma, Bugono, Bwijanga, Aduku, Pakwach and Padibe.

Lukwago also notes that new theatre blocks are being constructed in the health centres IV such as Aboke, Atiak, Budaka, Kibuku, and Kabuyanda.

The ongoing renovation of Mulago national referral is expected to end next year, while Kabale and Hoima hospitals are also being expanded, with support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“Plans are also in advanced stages to construct a hospital unit in Lubaga division and two new hospitals in Mukono and Wakiso districts,” Lukwago added.

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