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