The newly constructed Naguru-Nakawa Hospital is to open in December, according to Jennifer Musisi Ssemakula, the executive director Kampala Capital City Authority.
Musisi says the construction has been completed and the installation of the medial equipments including the CT scan, X-ray machines, renal treatment, and ultra-sound facilities shall be completed by the end of this month.
Musisi, who toured the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, says other facilities including equipments for the surgery theater, labor wards, dental care, incubators and over 100 beds for general patients have been set up.
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The 6-million-dollar project is part of a grant from the Chinese government towards the upgrading of health centers in Kampala to decongest Mulago national referral hospital.
Part of the money has been used for the construction of seven large buildings for the hospital, doctor’s quarters and stocking of medical equipments to be used.
Musisi who sounded hopeful said preliminary findings indicate that from what she has seen so far there is value for money.
Musisi noted that to have the facility put to full capacity, KCCA has also asked the Chinese government through the ministry of health to provide technicians to manage and train the local medical workers on the handling of the machines.
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Lu Yue, the chief engineer for Complant International Engineering and Development Corporation who are installing the new machines, says they have so far registered frustrations with little power supply to run some of the machines.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network through an interpreter, Lu Yue said the little power supply cannot run the CT scan at the moment.
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He says the power supply is only enabling lighting of the rooms.
Muisisi however says that KCCA is already working with Umeme to increase on the capacity of electricity being provided to the hospital.
She says one of the options is to install a nearby three-phase transformer at the hospital compound.
According to Musisi, in a period of three years each of the five divisions in Kampala shall have a standardized 100 bed hospital.