Parliament Approves UGX 35.4bn Additional Funds for Kiruddu, Kawempe Hospitals

Parliament has this afternoon approved additional Shillings 35.4 billion in the coming financial year 2019/2020 for three hospitals that have been given a vote status as National Referral Hospitals.

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Parliament has approved additional 35.4 billion shillings in the next financial year for three hospitals.

The hospitals are Kawempe National Referral Hospital, Kiruddu National Referral Hospital and Mulago Specialized Women & Neonatal hospital. The additional fund is to enable hospitals pay wage, medicines and others.

The approval for additional funds followed the adoption of Parliament’s Health Committee report on the Health Sector budget estimates presented by the Committee Chairperson Michael Bukenya in a plenary session chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.

In his report, Bukenya noted that the three hospitals together with Entebbe Hospital had been given a vote status and upgraded to regional referral hospitals but that the budget allocation to the facilities had remained inadequate. 

Bukenya said that Kiruddu and Kawempe have been allocated a total budget of Shillings 8.73 billion and 8.7 billion respectively with no budget allocation provided for development related activities.

On the other hand, Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital has received allocation of only Shillings 45 million for non-wage activities with no allocation for wage and development expenditures.

Also revealed by the Committee is an allocation of Shillings 5 billion non-wage budget to Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital with no allocation for wage and development expenditure.

Bukenya recommended to parliament that government allocates additional funds of Shillings 11.4 billion to Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital to carter for wage and another Shillings 4.5 billion to Kawempe National Referral Hospital for medicines and 14.5 billion for wage requirements in the coming financial year 2019/2020.

Also recommended is a Shillings 5 billion to Kiruddu National Referral Hospital to run medicines and supplies for Dialysis Services at a subsidized rate.

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Members of Parliament adopted the committee recommendations without debate and sent the report to the Budget Committee to incorporate the additional funds in the national budget estimates for the coming financial year 2019/2020.

The total Health Budget is projected to increase by Shillings 175 billion (7.5%) from Shillings 2.33 trillion approved in the current financial year to Shillings 2.51 trillion in the next financial year.