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Mbarara Hospital Officials Want Facility Elevated to Referral Hospital

Dr Barigye told MPs on the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there is urgent need to elevate the facility due to the expertise they have in their teaching hospital at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
12 Jun 2019 16:16
Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye.

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Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Director, Dr Celestine Barigye wants government to elevate the facility to a national referral hospital.

Dr Barigye told MPs on the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there is urgent need to elevate the facility due to the expertise they have in their teaching hospital at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

He said that currently, they treat over 120,000 specialized patients a year, deliver over 10,000 mothers and also handle other specialized areas.  

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In March this year, State Minister for Health, Sarah Opendi told parliament that the upgrading of Mbarara Hospital into a national referral facility requires about 120 billion Shillings. The money, according to Opendi is to be used to complete the second and third phases of the hospital.

Opendi was then responding to a question by Ruhinda County MP, Captain Donozio Kahonda on the need for evaluation of the capacity of Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital with a view of improving its capacity to deliver quality health care services. 

Opendi reported that the first phase was completed with the construction of eight operating theatres, an eight-bed intensive care unit and equipping of units for emergency and accidents, radiology as well as post executive rooms and medical stores. 

Opendi said that the hospital can become a national referral once funding is availed to expand wards and also complete of the state of the art laboratory envisaged to improve disease diagnosis, quality of care in cancer, haematology and routine laboratory screening tests. 

Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital was opened in 1,950 to serve a population of 500,000.

Currently, the hospital serves about 3.6 million people from 10 districts in Ankole region including Bushenyi, Buhweju, Rubirizi and Isingiro.  It also serves patients from Kigezi, Rwenzori region, Rwanda, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.

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