Muhammad Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe Hospital, says that 20 health workers will be accommodated units. He adds that the construction of the units is timely since the lack of accommodation poses a challenge to their performance.
The construction of housing units for Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital
workers has started.
The units will accommodate health workers at the
Entebbe Isolation Centre at Manyago that is currently under construction.
Construction of the staff quarters was awarded to Mould House
Engineering Ltd, a Chinese company at 1.5 Billion Shillings.
Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner of Health Infrastructure at the Ministry of Health,
says that there are plans to construct more housing units for health workers at
the hospital in the future.
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Muhammad Mubiru, the Principal Hospital Administrator at Entebbe
Hospital, says that 20 health workers will be accommodated in the units. He adds that the
construction of the units is timely since the lack of accommodation poses a
challenge to their performance.
He explains that some medical workers take advantage of the
accommodation problem to report late for work.
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Some of the health workers who spoke on condition of anonymity say
that they spend high costs on renting and transport to and from work. The workers
reside in Nansana, Kajjansi and Katabi Town Council. Accommodation within
Entebbe municipality and surrounding areas costs 200,000 to 350,000 for self-contained
A nurse says that on some occasions when she doesn’t have the money she walks
"The hospital does not have a staff shuttle so those off duty
have to find our way to or from the hospital," a medic says.
According to experts, the chronic shortage of housing is having
severe consequences on medical service delivery in Uganda. Many Ugandans
continue to miss out on timely medical services, because the medical workers
responsible for that live far away from the hospitals and medical centres.