Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health, has led cabinet in the tour of Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital.
It was officially handed over by Arab Contractors to Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and the ministry of health leadership.
Aceng said the construction works commenced on June 9, 2015 and was completed in August 2018.
Phase III will be covered in 6 districts in October 2018. These districts are; Kasese, Ntoroko, Arua, Moyo, Busia and Namayingo.
OCV is complemented by the use of safe water, good sanitation and hygiene practices and high-quality case management.
Speaking to press, Rugunda expressed joy on behalf of government upon receiving the new Mulago Women’s and Neonatal Hospital.
“It is safe for mothers and new-borns. It is the best facility not only in the region but the whole of Africa,” he told media.
He said some of equipment is being installed for the first time on the continent.
“Uganda is the leader in this respect. I am happy that is going to be a referral hospital. It has enough facilities and more facilities are being created for mothers and babies.”
Rugunda said government has been focusing on improving delivery of quality services.
“This hospital is a living testimony that government is delivering on its promises. We will bring an end to specialised treatment for women who rush to Bombay in India and South Africa or Kenya to get treatment.”
The 450-bed Mulago will significantly reduce major referral costs that has been incurring in the past.
The state of the art hospital will be open to the public beginning Monday 17 September, 2018.
Equipment for the hospital was procured at a cost of $8,026,456.7 for highly specialized health care, according to Sarah Achieng Opendi, the State Minister of Health for General Duties.
Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda expresses joy on behalf of @GovUganda upon receiving the new Mulago Women’s and Neonatal Hospital.
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— Ministry of Health – Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) September 13, 2018
Among many other services, the Hospital will offer; High Risk ANC Delivery and Post Natal Services Gynaecology, Uro-gynaecology with focus on obstetric fistula IVF Laproscopic surgeries.
Oxygen plants and all other vital medical gases will be available for all patients needs. This is the 1st Machine of its kind in Africa and the latest model available which will carry out haematology tests- to predict cancer in the blood.
The new Mulago will handle specialised services in women health and significantly reduce referrals abroad, thereby improving Uganda’s economy.