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Paul Kabanga, a Laboratory Technologist, says the hospital is equipped with equipment has the ability to deliver results within minutes compared to traditional equipment that can take longer.
The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana and Health Minister, Jane Aceng check out one of the machines in the new facility

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The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has received the Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital. Egyptian Firm-Osman Ahmed Osman contractors handed over the 7 storied facility to the Prime minister on Thursday morning signaling the completion of the project that commenced in 2013.

 

The construction work was financed by Islamic Development Bank at the tune of US$ 47M. Before receiving the hospital, Dr. Rugunda led a team of cabinet ministers including Frank Tumwebaze, Sarah Opendi, Musa Ecweru, Jane Aceng and Matia Kasaija on a guided tour of the facility. 

Dr.  Rugunda appreciated the work done by the contractors, saying the facility is a state of the art and a model on the continent.

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The hospital is designed to accommodate 450 patients and one attendant each. The hospital is all piped to enable the Nitrous oxide and oxygen to be pumped directly to patients on their beds without using an oxygen cylinder. 

There is also a Laboratory where urinal tests and cancer screenings can be conducted. The Health Minister, Jane Aceng listed some of the cases the hospital will handle.

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According to Aceng, patients will be required to follow the referral procedure and make some payment towards their treatment.

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Paul Kabanga, a Laboratory Technologist, says the hospital is equipped with equipment has the ability to deliver results within minutes compared to traditional equipment that can take longer. Initially laboratory technicians used strips to carryout urinal test something they say was time costing.

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According to Dr. Baterana Byarugaba, the Executive Director Mulago National Referral Hospital, says the hospital is also equipped with a laundry facility, saying patients will only use gowns provided by the hospital.

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The hospital shall be open for use on Monday next week and will be commissioned in October as part of the Independence Day Celebrations.