The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Ms Diana Atwine, has commended the contractors for the work so far done on renovation and expansion of Kayunga General Hospital.
While inspecting renovation and expansion works at the hospital on Tuesday, Ms Atwine said there is evidence of progress.
“I am impressed with the quality of the construction works and I hope we shall get value for money,” she said. She was accompanied by ministry of health senior officials.
Ms Atwine, however, asked the contractor to quickly complete the new block so that the hospital medical laboratory and theatre can be relocated there.
“I don’t want the construction works to interfere with service delivery,” she said.
The Shs70b renovation works of the facility begun early last year and is being undertaken by Arab Contractors (U) Ltd. Mr Haytham Elderby, the project manager, said it would be handed over by February next year. Currently, 55 per cent of the construction works have been done,” Mr Elderby said.
Mr Joel Aita, the Managing Director, Joadah Consult, a firm that was contracted by government to do the design and consultation work said on Tuesday that the hospital would have a new Emergency Department (Casualty), new operating rooms (theatres), new out-patient department, new administration office block.
Also expansion of the in-patient wards, 130 new staff houses, rehabilitation of the water supply system and the sewerage collection and disposal systems are being carried out.
Mr Aita added that a new kitchen and laundry facilities are also being constructed.
“All the old hospital equipment would be removed and it would be equipped with new ones such as beds, mattresses, medical equipment, furniture, laundry and others,” Mr Aita disclosed.
He added: “The bidding process to get a supplier of this equipment is ongoing and we want the new equipment ready by June this year.”
The facility will also be upgraded from the present 100-bed hospital to 300 beds. Given the facilities, Kayunga leaders have asked government to elevate it to a regional referral hospital but Ms Sarah Opendi, the health state minister; General duties said there are no funds to do so.