President Museveni is expected to today, Tuesday commission the new Mulago Hospital Neonatal and Women’s department, the Nile Post has learnt.
“The official commissioning of the Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital is rescheduled to Tomorrow Tuesday, 2nd October, 2018 at 9:00 am and the guest of honour will be H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda,” said a message from Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Senior Public Relations Officer for the Health Ministry said in message on Monday.
The shs100 billion 450- bed capacity hospital had its construction take five years at a cost of $20m and $10m for the equipment which was funded by both the Islamic Development Bank and Uganda Government.
The new Mulago Specialised Hospital, Maternal and Neonatal Centre was constructed in a bid to handle complicated reproductive health cases to ensure this modern equipment was handed over by the Arab Consults of Egypt who also did the construction.
The hospital will offer services for complicated pregnancy cases, urinary complications, reproductive system and early cancer detection and In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) among others and according to government will help decongest the old Mulago National Specialized hospital
According to the Health Minister, Dr.Ruth Aceng, the new hospital will have services classified as standard, VIP and VVIP.
“The difference in the costs will be on accommodation. There will be suits for those patients who wish to be treated as VIP or VVIP with Dstv services,”Aceng said recently.
She noted that foreigners would be charged differently from Ugandans before asking the latter to always move with their National IDs to avoid being overcharged.
“Uganda largely operates as a cash economy. We expect foreigners to pay. We can no longer depend on the Government budget to provide services. The doctors at the hospital will also want payment. If you need high quality services. You must pay.”
According to government, the new hospital will only be carrying out surgeries as normal deliveries will continue taking place at the Health Centre 3s and 4s.
Government adds that patients accessing the services should be referred patients from our referral facilities except for those that are exclusively offered at Mulago Specialised women and neonatal hospital such as IVF, laparoscopic surgery
Only patients referred from regional referral hospitals as well as Kawempe and Kiruddu hospitals will be allowed to access the facility.
According to the Health Ministry statistics, the number of deliveries increased from 20, 000 in 2000 to 33, 000 in the year 2011 whereas antenatal attendance in the financial year 2013/2014 was 48616 and 34,411 deliveries were by caesarean section by the data showed an increase in the financial year 2015/2016. .