KAMPALA - At least $37m (about sh133b) has been earmarked for expansion and renovation of Kayunga and Yumbe hospitals.
The construction works are being supported by the Government, together with Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPED fund for International Development (OFID).
Speaking during the signing of the civil works contracts at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala on Friday, the permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine, said part of the funds will be used to purchase medical equipment and furniture.
Among the departments to be expanded include emergency and accident services, outpatient department maternity and obstetric services, in addition construction of new staff quarters.
Atwine said rehabilitation of the hospitals will address challenges in maternal and child health departments and, therefore, reduce maternal and child mortality rates.
She urged the contractors to carry out the work diligently and within the prescribed time.
Atwine, however, urged contractors to desist from corruption.
“Report those who ask for money because this results in shoddy work. We want to deal with people who are upright and dedicated to doing things in right manner,” she said
Atwine called on the district leadership to help in the supervision of the projects.
The Yumbe district health officer (DHO), Dr Alfred Yayi, said ever since Yumbe Hospital was opened, no major rehabilitation had taken place.
“The working condition at the facility had become difficult for the staff, resulting in poor service delivery,’ he said
Yayi is, however, optimistic that after the completion of the construction works, service delivery will improve.
The Kayunga DHO, Dr Ahmed Matovu, said after the renovation, the number of patients will increase.
“At the moment, the capacity of the hospital is about 140 beds, but we expect them to increase to over 200 after renovation,” Matovu said
Kayunga Hospital was opened in 1973. It offers services to residents from Kayunga and neighboring districts of Kamuli, Buikwe, Mukono, Luwero and Nakasongola.