The 72-bed capacity facility has three operating theatres, six intensive care units, 16 high dependency unit beds, and one Isolation room. It has six clinics, a radiology room, a laboratory with a blood bank, a CT scanner, pharmacy, auxiliary services, and guesthouses for patients from far, among other facilities.
President Yoweri Museveni has ordered the Uganda People's Defence Forces-UPDF to tarmac the roads leading to the Children's Surgical Hospital in Entebbe municipality. The roads are impassable during heavy downpours and are dusty during the dry season.
He made the directive on Friday while commissioning the hospital, a multibillion facility built under a Public-Private Partnership between the Ministry of Health
and Emergency, a
humanitarian NGO that provides free medical treatment to victims of
war, poverty, and landmines.
The 72-bed capacity facility has
three operating theatres, six intensive care units, 16 high dependency unit beds, and one Isolation room. It has six clinics, a radiology room, a laboratory with a blood
bank, a CT scanner, pharmacy, auxiliary services, and guesthouses for
patients from far, among other facilities.
Museveni also wants a nursing training school to be built near the hospital.
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This was after the minister of health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng noted that there is a need to tarmac Lunyo road, Omini road and Banga-Nakiwogo road to improve access to the hospital. The roads measure close to 4 kilometres in total.
Aceng said the hospital is the first of its kind in
Uganda because it will serve as a referral for pediatric surgery within
Uganda and the East African region. It will handle children from 0 to 18
years who have birth defects, gynaecological and urological problems,
abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract, bile duct, and other
conditions that require general surgery.
Aceng says Emergency will hand over the hospital to the government in 8years. The Ministry will
also pay 20 per cent of the
hospital's annual running costs estimated at about 24 billion
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Rosella Miccio, the President of Emergency says the
facility has treated over 3,000 outpatients and carried out 500 surgical
operations since April 2021, when it was partially opened by the
ministry. She says the hospital is a testament to what a real
partnership between international and national institutions and
professionals can result in.
During the six months of operation, Miccio says the hospital
has realized that there is a strong need for pediatric elective surgery
in the East African region.
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Museveni also awarded the 50th Uganda Independence Medal to Paola Coin, Dr Gino Strada (posthumously) Dr Pietro Parrino the Director of Emergency Field Operations Department and Dr Penzo Piano, the architect who designed the hospital. Paola Coin donated 8 million US Dollars, about shillings 2.8 billion. They were recognized for their enormous support and contribution towards the hospital's construction and current operations.
Museveni says it is unfortunate that Dr Gino Strada, the founding member of the international NGO(Emergency) that funded and is managing the hospital died recently. He however says Gino's contribution will not go in vain because children will benefit from getting free surgical services, resonating with the Christian concept of "loving your neighbour as yourself".