The Minister for Health D. Ruth Aceng together with the state minister for Economic Planning David Bahati have appealed to members on the committee of the National Economy to approve the Shs1.3 trillion loan intended to act as a security in the construction of the first International Specialised Hospital of Uganda at Lubowa.
According to the ministers, the specialised hospital once completed will be used to treat patients with complicated diseases who would otherwise travel out of the country to seek specialised medical care.
According to the ministers, the hospital is expected to solve the problem of medical tourism since it will offer a a wide range of medical and surgical conditions including transplants, neurosurgical operations and cardiac operations among others.
However, the ministers still found a hard time explaining the authenticity of the lead contractor for this development, FINASI limited, as members argued that the company in question deals with luxury furniture in Dubai and not in the construction of specialised hospitals.
They dismissed claims that the land at Lubowa where the hospital is to be built, has multiple owners and the case is before court.
The ministers said the private developers will construct the hospital within a period of two years, operate it for six years then turn it into government facility in a public- private partnership arrangement.