By Fred Turyakira
PROPRIETORS of private hospitals have been urged to implement the Governmentâ€™s Private Public Partnership for Health (PPPH) programme to improve health services in the country.
The Mbarara Municipality MP, John Arimpa Kigyagi, said private hospitals partnering with the Government would help patients to access services in private hospitals, thus reducing congestion in government hospitals.
Kigyagi was speaking on Thursday, during the end of year party for Mbarara Community Hospital staff at the hospital in Kyamugoranyi, Kakiika.
He hailed the hospitalâ€™s executive director, Nathan Karema, for partnering with the Government in the implementation of the programme.
He said the Government had drugs to give to hospitals, but had been challenged by limited facilities and that was the reason it decided to partner with Private hospitals.
Karema said the hospital had enough facilities to cater for patients who cannot afford to pay for treatment in private hospitals.
He said the programme would be launched on January 1, 2011 and urged those who fear taking their patients to the hospital due to high charges to access the free treatment.
He, however, pointed out that patients would be requested to pay the management fee of sh 20,000 to enable the hospital to pay power and water bills.
Karema added that the hospital administration had also scrapped consultation fee so patients could see a doctor for free.
The Bishop of Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Fred Sheldon Mwesigwa, called upon medical workers to stop selling government drugs in hospitals, saying this had affected acting service delivery.
He hailed the staff at Mbarara Community hospital for professionally while rendering services to patients and urged them to be patient and serve diligently.