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Contractor hands over Mulago Maternal and Neonatal hospital

After more than 3 years of construction, the modern Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal hospital has officially been handed over to government by Arab contractors Osman Ahmed Osman. 

Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda received the keys to the 450-bed capacity hospital on behalf of government. The hospital will start receiving patients next week on Monday September 17.

Construction works for the 9-storey hospital was funded using a $25m loan from the Islamic Development Bank. The specialised equipment installed in the hospital cost at least $8m according to Health minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng. 180 health workers have also been trained in specialised maternal and neonatal services. 

A section of the hospital 

Dr Rugunda led a team of cabinet ministers including Frank Tumwebaze, Sarah Opendi, Musa Ecweru, Jane Aceng and Matia Kasaija on a guided tour of the facility. Rugunda appreciated the work done by the contractors, saying the facility is a state-of-the-art and a model on the continent. 

"I'm happy that this is now going to be a referral hospital, it's not going to be a hospital for everyone to rush to because we have a enough facilities and more facilities are being created for mothers for mothers. However complicated cases, cases that require specialised treatment." he said. 
The hospital is designed to accommodate 450 patients with one attendant each. The hospital is all piped to enable medical gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen to be pumped directly to patients on their beds without using an oxygen cylinder. There is also a laboratory where urinal tests and cancer screenings can be conducted. 

"We have what we call uro-gynaecological services that is addressing the issue of urinary area, the reproductive trunk and so on. Then we have the gynaecology-oncology - those are cancers that affect the reproductive area of a woman. Then we have reproductive health and fetal maternal medicine which includes the in vitro fertilization  and many others," Aceng said. 

IVF involves extraction of female eggs and a sperm sample, and then manually combining them in a laboratory before implantation in a woman’s womb. There are 11 operating rooms, intensive care units (40 beds), recovery sections (25 beds), children’s nursery section (50 beds), oncology department (80 beds) and high-risk delivery sections (170 beds).

The hospital will have different pricing for the different categories depending on the preference of patients; Silver will be for general patients, Gold – Very Important Persons and Platinum - Very Very Important Persons.

According to Aceng, patients will be required to follow the referral procedure and make some payment towards their treatment.

"So whereas government will be contributing a huge amount of money to this facility as is government obligation, we shall also require patients to pay but at a subsidised cost. Right now we have a committee that is discussing the pay policy. Cabinet set in place a cabinet sub-committee to review what the committee in Mulago is discussing. The committee started its work, we’re also benchmarking with other facilities to make sure that we don’t charge enormous amounts." Aceng added. 
Paul Kabanga, a laboratory technologist, says the hospital is equipped with equipment has the ability to deliver results within minutes compared to traditional equipment that can take longer. Initially laboratory technicians used strips to carryout urinal test something they say was time costing. 
According to Dr Baterana Byarugaba, the executive director of Mulago national referral hospital, the hospital is also equipped with a laundry facility, saying patients will only be allowed to use gowns provided by the hospital. He said the hospital has enough gowns, one per patient each day or if need be, can also be changed during the course of day. 


+6 #1 Trevor motema 2018-09-14 11:16
Now that the contractor is done & handed the hospital over, i can't wait to see how fast the 'new' machines breakdown like the cancer machines recently, i'm itching to here how there are no doctors to tend to patients, no drugs etc, etc.

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+2 #2 kabayekka 2018-09-14 13:55
This is a better step forward to have better and modern hospitals.

This should be able to send a message to Members of Parliament to have their treatment in such hospitals other than to go abroad.

But then the negative side of all this African medical ambition is the approaching political civil wars that will impact on those patients wounded by military bullets.
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+3 #3 A K Mukasa 2018-09-14 15:39
Are there any projects in Uganda that Museveni's government has completed not using borrowed money? What do our tax receipts do?

Our family silver was sold to feather the first family's nest and to buy groceries. Now we are borrowing from whoever is willing to give us a loan and regardless of the terms.

The terms of the loans are only known by the first family and a few individuals close to the family. How can this government take credit for putting up a hospital, building roads using borrowed money?

When these people are gone our children, grand children and great grand children will be left to pick up the pieces.

You brag about the amount of money now you are collecting in taxes but you got nothing to show for it. The money is either being stolen by your friends and relatives or spent on consumption not investment. What a government.
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+2 #4 Lakwena 2018-09-14 16:03
Although the rest of Ugandans and their grandchildren will bear the burden of paying back the loan used to build this hospital very few will ever see the inside of the white elephant.

In other words, the damn thing is not really for the unwashed, wretched of this country.

But meant for the few privileged; elite politicians, fat sycophants, Compradors and their polished family members.
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0 #5 Tumuhimbise Hiraly 2018-09-14 17:39
We have been so lucky to have a specialised hospital which will provided highly specialised results mostly in laboratory

Now that there is high technology laboratory equipment’s which will be used, we hope to get very precise and accurate (reliable) laboratory results

MLSO Hilary
Senior medical laboratory scientific officer
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0 #6 Akot 2018-09-14 18:57
Trevor motema, rightly put!

By now foreign contractors should know that without Good governance with National Education for ALL children, such monuments are practically useless as poor population grow so fast but there is no National Healthcare Services!

Even Museveni said when he came to power, Ug popuation was 14 million & today it's 40 million!

Good governance ensure Education, Agriculture are priorities for country development then foreign/local contractors will see tangible results of their work!

French president didn't wait for law makers as it would take too long: he raised compulsory school age to 18 seeing so many 16 year old who do not have the capacity to go further are left out by training schools!
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0 #7 Akot 2018-09-14 19:14
kabayekka, undertstood!

Yet, such development projects can only benefit if there is good governance with the people able to control, change leaders as & when need be!

Uganda needs change of ruler then put in place National Education, Subsidised/Modernised Agriculture first & above all!

Healthcare can only be given by government to population if the country is well run, there are jobs then tax money for social services, starting with Education/Health/Agriculture!

Which country can afford to give healthcare to +70% uneducated jobless population that rises yearly?

Change of leader comes FIRST for Ugandans, though!
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0 #8 Akot 2018-09-14 19:23
A K Mukasa, thanks!

This is precicely why Ugandans MUST forget their tribal beonging & UNITE to throw Muevnei out before it's too late!

Even Amin knew it was the country he wanted to own & couldn't mortgate it to foreign companies: so he Nationalised compaies, valued UEB, Coffee MB...& ordered them to pay civil servants salaires as & when he didn't have money!

Ugandans MUST UNITE & throw Musevnei out before he mortgats the country & land riches to forerign companies!
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0 #9 Akot 2018-09-14 19:43
Lakwena, agreed, but,

Museveni Uganda will become Ugandans' Uganda the moment they UNITE!

Why is Museveni still ruling through the tribalistic system?

The rat hole belongs to Ugandans & not to Museveni, right?

Which rat would allow another to take over it's hole?

The 30 years have known just Museveni, their children see their parents tremble in Museveni Uganda! What do parents tell their kids about FREEDOM, being citizens of a country they have no say in?

Do Acholi tell their children how Museveni destroyed them, sent them in exile, made UN confine them in refugee camps & today the demon wants to have base on Acholiland, sell Amuru to China?
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0 #10 rubangakene 2018-09-14 21:03
As a follow up of the commissioning of the equipment and prior training of personnel, usually a representative will be on hand to monitor the equipment/personnel for at least six months as per warranty terms.

At the end of the six months he/she will then assess its operation success and certify personnel to handle the equipment unsupervised.
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