Under the National Minimum Health Care Package, the Government of Uganda is committed to improving health services in the country through provision of necessary equipment to health facilities.
Over the years, the Ministry of Health has continued to procure this equipment and distributed it to various health facilities depending on their levels; from the Regional Referral Hospitals to Health center IIs.
So in 2013, the parliamentary committee on health accessed the general condition of health facilities across the country and found that a number of health facilities in the country lacked mattresses hence failing the sector’s mission of delivering the Minimum Healthcare Package.
It is on this background that the Ministry of Health committed itself to providing beds and mattresses to address the gaps in the health facilities.
Dr. Asuman Lukwago, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, says they will distribute a total of 7,000 beds and mattresses to health facilities across the country.
These mattresses are meant to bridge the gap that was previously identified in the health facilities.
“Each hospital will receive an average of 100 mattresses while a Health Center IV will receive a total of 24 mattresses depending on the level of care.”
The mattresses are a donation from the People’s Republic of China as a way of improving health service delivery in the country.
With the new addition, the Government will be able to meet 100% mattress needs for General Hospitals and Health Center IVs.
He said every patient who reports to a health facility will therefore have access to a mattress once admitted.
Infrastructure Developments and Re-equipping of Health Facilities
Lukwago said the ministry was now committed to rehabilitation and upgrading of Mulago National Referral Hospital into a super specialized hospital worth Shs98.3b and be re-equipped with equipment worth Shs64.4b.
“With the new upgrade, the hospital will be able to carry out its mandate of attending to specialized cases which cannot be easily handled by other doctors. This is expected to reduce the number of referrals abroad.”
After completion, Mulago will have a 1,000 bed capacity and state of the art medical equipment.
The hospital will have specialized doctors to attend to complicated cases and will be able to carry out complicated surgeries such as kidney transplants.
The current renovation progress stands at 70 per cent and is expected to be completed by end of November 2016.
“There is also an ongoing upgrade of Kiruddu and Kawempe Health Centers into general hospitals being. Funding for this was obtained from a loan from the African Development Bank costing Shs51.8b and Shs48.47b respectively. Of these monies, Shs13.56b will be used to acquire new equipment for each hospital.”
After completion, the hospitals will have a 170 bed capacity, five theatres and 40 beds dedicated to the maternity wing.
The hospitals also houses 16 apartments for staff of which each apartment has two bedrooms.
In addition, they house disability walkways which will enable people living with disabilities access the buildings and helipads for aircraft ambulances.
The two new hospitals and the Naguru Hospital are expected to decongest the National Referral Hospital.
Completion rate for both hospitals is now at 90 per cent.
A specialized women and children’s hospital is also being constructed as part of the Mulago national referral hospital advancement.
This facility will have a 320-bed hospital and will attend to maternal and neo-natal issues and complications.
Construction started last year and is expected to be completed in July 2017. The hospital is being funded by a loan worth Shs81.36b from the Islamic Development Bank.
Equipping the facility has been budgeted for Shs23.73b in equipment.
Upon completion, it will attend to, among other things, fertility related issues, birth or reproductive health complications such as fistula and management of women cancers.
Renovation of seven hospitals funded by the World Bank-Funded Uganda Health systems Strengthening Project (UHSSP) has been completed. The hospitals are; Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, and the general hospitals of; Entebbe, Mityana, Nakaseke, Kiryadongo, Anaka, Moyo, Nebbi and Iganga.
Other two hospitals of Moyo and Nebbi are expected to be completed by June this year.
Construction of Theatres and Maternity wards is underway in 26 Health Center IVs. These are; , Mwizi, Kasanda, Kiganda, Mwera, Kyantungo, Ngoma, Budondo, Buvuma, Ntenjeru-Kojja, Buyinja, Bugono, Kiyunga, Nankoma, Bwijanga, Aduku and Aboke, Pakwach, Padibe Atiak, Obonji, Budaka, Kibuku, Rubare, Kabuyanda and Kikamulo.
Rehabilitation of Kawolo Hospitals is underway with support from the Spanish Aid.
Plans are also in advanced stages to construct a health unit in Rubaga Division and two new hospitals in Mukono and Waksio districts.