The Global Fund’s Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) team of Uganda has pledged an additional Shs 21.56bn towards the completion of the National Medical Store Warehouse and office complex at Kajansi in Entebbe.
The pledge was made by the CCM Vice Chairperson Dr. Maggie Kigozi during a site visit of the facility recently.
The Global Fund provided an initial $ 7 million, and the CCM team were on hand to check the progress, and crucially also explore the opportunity to provide additional funding.
Mr. Paul Okware, the NMS Chief Stores and Operations Officer in his presentation on the progress of the project, said there was need for about 40 billion shillings to complete the project. The Government of Uganda (NMS inclusive) is to provide 19.9 billion.
In her response, Dr. Kigozi gave the assurance that the Global Fund would avail the additional resources necessary.
“I must say that we are happy with the progress of this project and we will ensure that it is successfully completed”, she guaranteed.
According to Mr. Okware said the progress of the project stands at about 50%, inclusive of design, and we are confident with the quality of work that’s being done by the constructor. He also added that in spite of a few challenges, completion remained on track for 2019.
The shs69.5 billion complex shall house one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical warehouses and cold-storage facilities. It shall have a pallet capacity of over 30000, a quality control lab, offices for more than 200 staff and basement parking for 90 cars.