Gov't Gets $800m to Overhaul Mulago


viagra geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The Minister of State for Health, discount Dr Ellioda Tumwesigye told Chimpreports in an exclusive interview on Monday the facility would enable government build two more hospitals in Kampala to increase access to physical health facilities.

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Tumwesigye said the process of erecting more structures is underway and that by end of 2014, construction will have started.

He also revealed that besides the reconstruction of Mulago Hospital, government has realized the urgent need of investing in training health practitioners and procuring equipment as a way of boosting health standards in the medical facility.

Early last year, Ministry of Health revealed its plans of expanding Mulago hospital to reduce congestion.

“The board in charge of this project must ensure proper accountability for the meagre resources and monitor the construction project time after time,” said Tumwesigye.

He further cautioned Mulago staff to roll up their sleeves on ensuring proper service delivery.

According to the masterplan which Chimpreports has seen, Mulago National Referral Hospital will be renovated into a State of the Art Hospital offering tertiary and super specialized health services.

The announcement comes at a time when the country is grappling with poor health services and dilapidated health structures especially referral hospitals.


The Uganda Health System report for the year 2011 showed that Uganda spends US$33 per capita on health, about the same as its low income country peers but much lower than the regional average.

In contrast to the region, public financing of health in Uganda is low at 22.6 percent of total health expenditures (THE) and there is consensus that the health sector is underfinanced and cannot deliver the Uganda National Minimum Health Care Package (UNMHCP) to all, highlighting the need to use limited resources for pro-poor and essential services.

Uganda has significantly improved access to maternal and child health care as well as the country’s response to HIV/AIDS.

Further, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund), USAID, and other donor programming has led to increased availability of HIV prevention, outreach, and treatment services.

Long distances

Most Ugandans now live within five kilometers of a health center.

Researchers say despite this progress in service availability, significant challenges remain to improve the quality of service delivery and address continuing health status issues such as high infant and maternal mortality.

Primary health care remains difficult for some to access, and quality of care is inconsistent. The referral system is not functional, and patients often ignore secondary or tertiary care due to the high costs involved.

Stock outs of drugs and supplies and inadequate HRH availability impact service delivery. Lack of financial and human resources adversely impacts regulation and quality control. Many services, including those related to HIV and tuberculosis (TB), are not well integrated into the general health delivery system and continue to be provided vertically.

Evidence-based medicine is also not consistently followed and facility-based quality improvement initiatives, while they exist, have not been institutionalized uniformly.

The system also does not invest sufficiently in prevention and public health services to minimize unhealthy behaviours that lead to increases in both non-communicable and infectious diseases.


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