By Goodluck Musinguzi
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is expected in Kayunga District to commission the newly constructed Kayunga Hospital which has been upgraded to a Referral Hospital.
The newly rehabilited and expanded Kayunga Hospital in Uganda now boasts of the following:
- New Main Hospital Complex for: OPD, Laboratory, Radiology, Accident and Emergency, Operation theatre, Maternity Ward and Private wing
- Renovated and remodelled existing ward block into male, female, pediatric and isolation wards. Number of beds increased from 108 to 200
- Remodelled other existing medical buildings into upgraded support facilities: Kitchens, Laundry, Stores, maintenance workshops, etc.
- Rehabilitation of all existing staff houses and construction of 31 new housing units thereby increasing staff houses from 86 to 117 inclusive of 10 units for interns.
The facilities that are in use include: laboratory, Medicine stores, Out Patient Department which provides antenatal care services for pregnant women, physiotherapy, main theatre.
Kayunga Hospital will be fully operational and provide all necessary services to the population.
This is how Kayunga hospital or health center looked before Government of Uganda rebuilt it.
KAYUNGA HOSPITAL A PATHWAY OUT OF POVERTY AND DESPAIR, AGING INFRASTRUCTURE MADE NEW
RESTORING HOPE FOR COMMUNITIES BETWEEN SOURCE OF RIVER NILE AND LAKE KYOGA AS UGANDA GOVERNMENT ADD A MODERN 300 BED CAPACITY HOSPITAL AT KAYUNGA
By Goodluck Musinguzi
Lack of basic needs cause people to migrate to areas with newer housing,hospitals, water ,electricity which guarantee economic freedom for them.
The Government of Uganda has refurbished and expanded Kayunga Hospital at a cost of shs 70 billions that has anchored a new lease in the area.
In the neighborhood is another multi-billion project Isimba Hydroelectric Power Station that has changed the area with large expanse of agricultural land.
Due to political struggles of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Kayunga Hospital which is 67 kms North East of Mulago National Referral Hospital(Kampala) was left to waste.
According to a 2009 published report, Kayunga Hospital had a dilapidated and crumbling infrastructure, aging equipment and machinery, under-staffing, poor staff remuneration, overwhelming patient numbers, and under-funding.
Ten years after this report, a lot of efforts have been made to bring the much needed boom in the region that serves many districts like Kamuli, Buikwe, Mukono, Luweero and Nakasongola.
Dr Diana Atwine, Uganda’s Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary said ” we now have one decent hospital that has been upgraded to a Regional Referral Status to serve people located North East of Kampala.We made Kayunga hospital new, and made sure that we put it in the right place”.
She said this on 1st July 2020 while at Inspection of Civil works that commenced on 08th Feb, 2018 and are now at 99.5% pending a few final touches as contractors prepare for official handover soon.
In 2016, the Government of Uganda secured loans from Middle Eastern lenders totaling USh70 billion (approx. US$19 million), to renovate the dilapidated hospital and equipment, as well as construct new staff housing.
The renovations are funded by loans from the Saudi Fund for Development, Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).
The scope of the renovations included a new Emergency Department (Casualty) ,new operating rooms (theatres) ,new out-patient department , new administration office block ,expansion of the in-patient wards ,new staff housing ,rehabilitation of the water supply system ,rehabilitation of the sewerage collection and disposal system.
The expansion and renovations was expected to conclude in 2020 and its on schedule, with a total bed capacity of 300, and the conversion of Kayunga Hospital, to Kayunga Regional Referral Hospital. The main contractor is Arab Contractors Uganda Limited
Tom Sserwanga, Kayunga District Chairman said yesterday that given the progress of the works at the hospital, they are optimistic that health workers at the facility will have a better working environment.
“We had for years lost hope of government renovating this facility, but now, we are sure that the working environment of our medics will improve and residents will consequently access better health services,” Mr Sserwanga said.
Currently, most of the services except for deliveries and paediatrics admissions have been transferred to Kangulumira and Bbaale Health Centre IVs, which are about 10 and 40 kilometres, respectively, from Kayunga Town where the hospital is located.
Speaking during the signing of the civil works contracts at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala on 7th January 2018, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine, said part of the funds will be used to purchase medical equipment and furniture.
Atwine said rehabilitation of the hospitals will address challenges in maternal and child health departments and, therefore, reduce maternal and child mortality rates in the area.
She urged the contractors to carry out the work diligently and within the prescribed time. Dr Diana Atwine has been monitoring Kayunga Hospital among others so that there is value for money.
She has been tough on contractors to desist from corruption because this results in shoddy work. We want to deal with people who are upright and dedicated to doing things in right manner,” she said at the time.
Returning to a sparkling hospital, She will bring President Yoweri Museveni and the Minister of Health to officially launch one the best branded hospitals.
The Hospital had been handling 5000 plus patients every day before the renovations. The numbers are expected to increase as people have gained confidence in government which is building multi-billion projects in the area.
The Water system has been restored and the toilet facilities will give confidence to everyone using the facility.
Most hospitals in the countryside, which were constructed before and after independence, are currently in good state after government recently embarked on a programme to give them a facelift and nine of them have so far been renovated and re-equipped.
These include; Moroto, Nebbi, Entebbe, Anaka, Kiryandongo, Nakaseka, Iganga, Moyo and Mityana hospitals.