NRM beats all odds to deliver on promise of health sector infrastructure

Statistics in Uganda indicate an increasing improvement in the delivery of health care to Ugandans. This is mainly as a result of the NRM government's continued pursuit of its policy on providing health care to all Ugandans. 

The NRM government's policy on health is to ensure that all Ugandans have access to high quality and affordable health care so as to contribute to social economic development and to promote a healthy and productive life. As such, the NRM has facilitated the attainment of this dream through significant completion of various infrastructural developments across the country.

Over nine hospitals have been rehabilitated and equipped by the government while works are still ongoing at several others across the country. Those that have been rehabilitated and equipped include Mityana, Nakaseke, Kiryandongo, Entebbe Grade B, Nebbi, Anaka, Iganga, Moyo and Moroto. 

In the same way, construction of 26 health centre IVs was completed in May, 2019.  Kawempe and Kiruddu hospitals in Kampala were also completed in addition to Naguru Hospital. 

The reconstruction and equipping of Lower Mulago Hospital was completed in December 2017. 

Most importantly, furnishing of the specialised maternal and Neonatal Health Unit at Mulago hospital has been completed. The unit is one of the best- equipped in Africa and will offer services at half-price compared to other private hospitals. 

Such specialized services as In-vitro Fertilisation, DNA, intrauterine insemination and testicular sperm extraction will be offered at relatively cheaper costs. Ugandans are therefore advised to take advantage of the location and low prices instead of seeking treatment abroad. 

The project to transform the Uganda Cancer Institute into an East African Centre of Excellence in cancer care and treatment commenced. Further still, the construction of the super national reference laboratory at Butabika was completed and commissioned. 

Partial rehabilitation of wards and construction of staff houses at 13 referral hospitals is continuing in Mbarara, Arua, Fort Portal, Kabale, Masaka, Hoima, Gulu, Jinja, Lira, Mbale, Mubende, Moroto and Soroti hospitals. Hoima and Kabale Hospitals were expanded and equipped. 7000 beds and mattresses were provided to hospitals and health centres in line with the NRM commitments. 

The Government is to construct health facilities in the 93 sub-counties that are without any Government facility and subsequent upgrade of the HC IIs in the 225 sub-counties to HC IIIs will be considered. In big and large sub-counties, additional new HC III’s shall be constructed to attain a 5km walking distance to a health facility.