According to the Health Ministry, there is need to increase the number of General hospitals, health center IVs and IIIs if it is to meet its goal to reduce the distance Ugandans travel to access medical care.
The Health Ministry needs to construct an
additional 300 health facilities so as to extend quality health care services
to all Ugandans.
According to the Health Ministry, there is need to increase the
number of General hospitals, health center IVs
and IIIs if it is to meet its goal to reduce the distance Ugandans travel to
access medical care.
The Acting Commissioner for Health Services,
George Otim disclosed this while addressing journalists on the state of health
care facilities across the country.
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Dr. Diana Atwine, the Health Ministry Permanent
Secretary, says despite the fact that their plan is to set up a hospital in
every district, some districts are too small with a limited population.
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According to Dr. Atwine, only four districts including Isingiro,
Serere, Namayingo and Amuria currently qualify to have General hospitals. Over
1.3 million people will be able to access services should the ministry
construct hospitals in the four districts.
Ugandans will be able to access specialist care for diseases
like cancer at HC IIIs, something that isn’t being currently done. To be able
to access cancer care currently, patients have to travel to the Uganda Cancer
Institute in Kampala.
When asked when monies will be availed for the
construction of the hospitals, Dr. Atwine said the ministry is currently over
“One problem that is affecting us is that we are spread
thin. We start one project and we do not consolidate it to make sure that it is
completed well before we move on a next one. We want to first focus on what we
have and we make it properly functional before we spread thin to other
districts,” Dr. Atwine said.
There are 6,937 hospitals across the country including both
public and private facilities. 45 percent of the facilities are run by
government while 55 percent are run by privately.
Currently the Health ministry
is concentrating most construction works on the development of specialized
facilities that are supposed to change the face of health care in the country.
Otim says that the construction of the
facilities will bring in money push the health sector ahead.
hospitals will help provided quality health care to the East African region.
People will come to seek treatment here. In the longrun, money from these
projects will help bring in funding,” Otim said.