BUTALEJA – The Vice President Jessica Alupo has today presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the refurbishment and equipping of Busolwe General Hospital in Butaleja district, Eastern Uganda.The 55-year old hospital is to be renovated at a cost of Uganda shillings 28billion. The 18 months project is funded by Government of Uganda and the Kingdom of Spain.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President said the health of the Ugandan population is central to the social-economic transformation of the country and therefore will continuously receive full prioritization.
The project scope at Busolwe includes renovation of hospital wards and extensions, new constructions to expand accident and emergency wards as well as improvement of water supply systems.
The Vice President noted that refurbishment of Kawolo hospital had been completed with full equipment and handed over to government, the cost of which was Sh40b.
The Vice President was pleased that Busolwe hospital was getting a state of the art facelift with additional infrastructure, including a trauma centre and a modern, state of art imaging center t x-ray all, at a cost of shs28b.
“All the procurement processes have been completed,” she noted.
Currently, a Shs 5.2bn refurbishment of all staff houses is ongoing in the hospital under the stewardship of the UPDF Engineering brigade.
She assured Ugandans that government would continue to invest in infrastructure across the country in order to achieve the goal of a modern resilient health care system which is responsive to the needs of our people.
Alupo said government is proud of its record of effective response to highly infectious diseases such as ebola, marburg and cholera, adding that it will continue to emphasize prevention by sensitization campaigns regarding personal hygiene and adoption of healthy lifestyles.
Hanifa Kawooya the State Minister of health in charge of General Duties urged the people of Butaleja district to closely monitor the project to its logical conclusion.
The Butaleja District Chief Executive Officer, Marley Ben Lawrence lauded Government for the increased funding PHC wage from 1,966,196,000 to 6,760,913,668 currently and applauded Government commitment to salary enhancement for health workers as a big milestone to the health sector.