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New Board Formed To Reboot Ailing Mulago Hospital

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The Mulago Hospital board was commissioned this week by State Minister of Health Ellioda Tumwesigye.


Comprises 18 senior members, the team was appointed by the Health Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda with the strategic aim of giving direction to the facility’s management.


“Being a national referral hospital that not only provides health services and builds capacity for medical practitioners, Ministry of Health has decided to support Mulago Hospital school of Health Science and Makerere University to ensure that the standards of teaching, treatment and care provide by the hospital are at the level expected of its status as a national hospital,” said Ellioda.


The newly appointed board is expected to address several challenges faced by the hospital including human resource development, deployment and utilization of staff, recruiting and retaining staff and improving on the low productivity caused by absenteeism of the staff.


Ellioda asked the new board to start work immediately by identifying the key priorities and key players in the provision of health care in line with the national development plan (NDP).


Prof. Francis Omaswa, the former Director General Health Services, who was elected as the new chairman of the board, promised:


“As a senior health worker of the hospital, I am going to start by supporting the hospital administration to regains its past glory as a centre of excellence.”


Omwasa said for government to solve the problem of ‘meagre resources’, it ought to renovate the private wing of the hospital on the 6th floor to generate resources that will provide incentives for the staff and additional money for the hospital budget.


Other members of the new board include, Dr Diana Atwine the director Drug and Health Service Monitoring Unit State House and Dr Byarugaba Baterana as the secretary.

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