President Yoweri Museveni on Thursday officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony for a specialised, state-of-the-art hospital at Lubowa in Wakiso District.
This facility will save up to $186 million annually that Ugandans incur on medical expenses abroad, mainly in China and India.
Apart from serving Ugandans, this hospital will also serve the people in the region and beyond.
The complex will include a world-class internationally accredited 250-bed hospital, residences for senior staff and a specialized training school.
It will also house a conference and exhibition centre for healthcare related events and a budget hotel for relatives and friends of the patients.
Some of the specialised medical care the hospital will handle includes cancer detection and treatment, heart diseases, neurosurgery and organs transplant.
“Finally, I want to warn individuals who claim government land and frustrate government programmes. Government programmes should take priority,” Museveni said.
He added: “Special thanks to Enrica Pinetti, the chairperson of Finasi, that is behind this project.”
Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health who was present at the ceremony, shared the Artistic impression of International Specialised Hospital of Uganda (IHSU), a 264-bed hospital saying its construction would improve medical services in Uganda-providing cancer detection and a treatment services, neurosurgery and organ transplant.
It is the first of its kind in East African region to have a cyclotron for nuclear medicine projecting as a future medical tourism destination.
She said IHSU will serve as a training Centre for young doctors and nurses contributing to a new chapter of National Development.
“Every year, Uganda loses up to $70m in referrals abroad. The much needed specialised care will now be accessed at the ISHU,” she said.
She added: “There has been massive referrals for specialised treatment abroad. The ISHU is here to address this gap. This is a timely construction as over $70m in referrals abroad will be averted and haemorrhage of resources curbed.”
According to the Permanent Secretary ministry of Health, Atwine Diana, ISHU will offer bone-marrow transplants, fertility sciences & orthopaedic surgeries among other specialities.