$24 Million To Be Spent On Maternal And Neonatal Unit At Mulago

A total of 24 million dollars has been earmarked for the construction of a maternal and neonatal unit at Mulago Hospital this financial year.

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According to Health Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the money will be spent on the  construction of a new specialized maternal and neonatal unit at Mulago Hospital will start within a period  of six months.

According to Rugunda, the money was secured from the Islamic Development Bank.

The Minister reveals that the maternity ward will have a bed capacity of 320 people with the aim of decongesting the main hospital.

Minister Rugunda says that the move will handle specialized cases such as cancer and other sensitive operations.

According to statistics, 16 women die daily while giving birth bringing the number to over 580 annually.

At Mulago hospital between 80 -100 mothers give birth in deplorable conditions due to congestion.

In a related development, a total of $ 8 million from the Japanese government is to be spent on the construction of a new outpatient block at Kabale regional referral hospital.

Health Minister Rugunda says that this is aimed at improving the ability of the hospital to render improved services.

Kabale hospital is the referral hospital for the districts of Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro and Rukungiri. The hospital is designated as one of the fifteen (15) internship hospitals in Uganda where graduates of Ugandan medical schools can serve one year of internship under the supervision of qualified specialists and consultants.

The bed capacity of Kabale Hospital is 200, although many more admissions are made, with the excess sleeping on the floor.

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  • ruth mukasa

    At last good news for a start for healthcare. I hope we don’t take comfort and stop building on this. Mulago is an old hospital that we need more structures in place. We have never moved on to meet the need of ever growing population and spread of infections. Mulago hospital building is too small and outdated to have newer equipments. I’m sure there is plenty of land to construct healthcare unit than franchise to Indian business personnel.

  • lwazi

    After nearly 30 years in power the visionary government is now starting to play politics in nearly an election year….this is too little, too late…please provide (NRM Government)..provide adequate money for all cardinal referral hospitals in the four corners of the country …excluding Mulago….what I mean big hospitals in the following regions…Mbarara,Gulu,Mbale and Masaka…people have been fooled for too long …..enough is enough !!!!!