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Mulago for Shs 128bn upgrade

With a $50m African Development Bank loan (about Shs 128 billion), Mulago, Uganda’s national referral hospital, is due for a huge upgrade this year.

As part of the upgrade, Enock Kusasira, the hospital’s publicist, said in an interview, the hospital will procure medical equipment such as CT and MRI scans, renovate theatres, build a new intensive care unit (ICU) and a children’s ward.

“We are going to procure more beds for the ICU from the current 12 to 40, wards will be partitioned into cubicles and we shall have water fountains around the hospital,” Kusasira said.

President Museveni will commission the rehabilitation works, expected to last a year, next month. The upgrade will be done side by side with the construction of Kirudu and Kawempe hospitals in Makindye and Kawempe, respectively. The two are being remodelled to handle some complicated cases and ease the load at Mulago.

In addition, a 320-bed women’s hospital within the Mulago complex, is currently under construction with a $33m loan from the Islamic Development Bank. Kusasira said this will free up space on the congested fifth floor currently handling female reproductive health.

ninsiima@observer.ug

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