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
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.
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
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.