By Mary Karugaba
HEALTH minister Stephen Malinga has said once the construction of the ultra-modern Naguru general hospital and others in Kawempe, Rubaga and Makindye is completed; only serious cases would be referred to Mulago Hospital.
â€œMulago should be left for big cases that cannot be handled by these hospitals. This will also be a big hospital with medical specialists,â€ Malinga said.
He said this was the only way of decongesting Mulago. The construction of the Naguru general hospital is expected to be completed in August this year, according to the Project Chief Engineer Zhang-Shuaiqiny.
â€œThe construction is on schedule and will soon be completed and handed over to the Government of Uganda. The facility is an offer from the people of China, a show of friendship with the people of Uganda,â€ Shuaiqiny said.
However, speaking at the ground breaking ceremony in 2009, health state minister Richard Nduhura said the hospital would be completed by the end of 2010.
Touring the site on Tuesday, Malinga said he was happy with the work and hoped that once completed; the hospital would help decongest Mulago and provide free services to the people.
â€œGovernment will inject money in the hospital just like any other hospital,â€ he said. The facility has a100-bed capacity.