Construction of a specialized maternal and neonatal healthcare unit in Mulago will end by June 2017, Dr Byarugaba Baterana, Mulago hospital’s director, has said.
Speaking at a press conference at the national referral hospital, Baterana said the construction work was contracted to Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman and Company) and is being supervised by Joadah Consult Ltd.
“The construction works under the contract are to be executed in 24 months, having commenced on June 9, 2015,” he said, adding that the Islamic Development Bank has contributed $28m (Shs 98bn) while government is investing $ 3.4m (Shs 11.9bn) in the project.
The unit will help decongest the main hospital and reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the country. On average, Mulago hospital carries out 33,000 deliveries annually. However, due to limited bed capacity, some women have been forced to deliver on the floor.
The new facility will have 320 beds after completion. It will also have a 60-bed unit for the private wing.
Additionally, this multi-storey building will house facilities for high-risk antenatal care, delivery and postnatal services, gynaecology, uro-gynaecology specifically focusing on obstetric fistula, intensive care services and assisted reproductive health technologies such as in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
“Two embryologists are currently undergoing training to be able to offer highly-specialized fertility services. We also expect 250 nurses and midwives to start working in the facility once it is open,” Prof Josephat Byamugisha, the head of department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mulago hospital, told The Observer.
He said the centre will also handle cancers of the female reproductive system including ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancer. Equipping the new facility has been budgeted at Shs 23.7bn.