Mulago to be turned into a ‘desert’ over Unpaid water bills
By Serestino Tusingwire
Mulago National Referral hospital is on the verge of having a water supply cutoff due to an outstanding debt it owes to the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC).
The Corporation this week issued a one-week disconnection ultimatum over a Shs800m water debt owed by National Referral Hospital.
Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, the hospital director, yesterday said the hospital does not have that money to pay the Corporation but instead appealed to government for help.
“We don’t have the money to pay the water bill. Even if our water budget for the next quota is advanced, we shall not meet our debt because of a small budget,” Dr. Byarugaba said.
“Anything like a cut in water supply will have to affect Mulago and its entire campuses. But I believe that government has heard about this and will tell NWSC not to proceed with the disconnection,” Dr. Baterana added.
According to him, the new hospitals of Kiruddu and Kawempe officially opened without a budget, but depend on the Shs269m allocated to Mulago for water every quarter.
Once the disconnection is effected, about 2,000 in-and-out patients will be affected.
Mulago is among several government institutions whose water supply is to be disconnected due to nonpayment of outstanding debts.
Uganda Prisons Services and Ministry of Defence are in the same trap.