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PLANS to rehabilitate and equip Mulago Hospital to handle cases usually referred abroad are underway, the President said yesterday.
Overall, 11 other referral hospitals will also be rehabilitated and upgraded across the country to reduce expenses on the treatment.
To decongest Mulago, two hospitals are to be constructed in Kampala Central and Makindye divisions, the President added.
In addition, Masafu. Kyenjojo, Buwenge, Bukwo and Naguru health centres are being upgraded to hospital status. Funds have also been secured for the rehabilitation and upgrading of Mubende and Moroto hospitals.
Addressing the nation, Museveni said Mulago had by May not ordered drugs worth sh2b from the National Medical Stores.
Other hospitals, he noted, were trying to fight the new centralised system of drug purchase, in spite of the increased need for drugs.
The President explained that the procurement and supply of drugs was recentralised to the national stores to create efficiency in the distribution of medicines and supplies. The move was also meant to fight the rampant drug theft, Museveni added.
â€œTo further streamline drug procurement, I am directing the health and finance ministers to ensure that all the drugs are budgeted for under the National Medical Stores,â€ he stated.
The President also directed the Inspector General of Police to investigate â€œghostâ€ health centres receiving drugs and bring to book officials involved in the malpractice.
The President also ordered the health minister to ensure that prescription of drugs for the patients is on quadruplicate copies, showing the names of the patients, their villages or place of residence, sickness and drugs prescribed.
â€œI shall soon start visiting health centres and district and referral hospitals without notice to assess the extent to which health services are being diverted,â€ he warned.
Mulago Hospital for massive facelift