A Sneak Peek into Mulago's Maternal, Neonatal Hospital

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The 10-storey building soars above your head when you stand at the old Mulago hospital gate. Each of the stories is named after Ugandas physical features like Lakes, Mountains, and bird species among others.

The new Mulago Specialized Hospital building, which has already changed Kampala city's skyline, is just two months from being ready.

Expected to be the largest African specialized maternal and neonatal health hospital, the facility will provide maternal and neonatal services ranging from normal deliveries, caesarean births, and specialized care for new born babies and In vitro fertilization (IVF) for women who have lost hope due to fertility problems.

The 10-storey building soars above your head when you stand at the old Mulago hospital gate. Each of the stories is named after Uganda's physical features like Lakes, Mountains, and bird species among others.

Aita Joel, the chief executive officer of Joadah Consult, an engineering firm working on the site, says that each of the ten floors will have a range of services from labour suites, operating theatres, high-risk maternity wards and gynecology wards. It will also have private wings, VIP wings and a presidential suit among others.
 
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Aita adds that level ten of the 450-bed complex will have a helipad to enable emergency air ambulances airlift patients to the facility.

The building is also fitted with eight functioning lifts with a capacity of about 15 persons per turn. It also has ramps for person with disabilities and patients in wheeled chairs.
 
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There are plans to fit machines that will extract oxygen from the air, purify it and then pump it to every bed. A copper network of hospital gases was already in place by the time URN accessed the complex.

Across each place where the patient's bed will be have been fitted with strips running across. The strips have lighting, internet points and electric switches preparing the hospital to provide telemedicine according to Joel Aita.
 
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High ceiling, curtain rails run around spaces designated for beds. The idea is to ensure privacy of each patient as opposed to many of the hospitals across the country. 

All adults and children admitted will find themselves in single-bedded rooms that boast of an outside view of the large glass windows.

The labour suites are quite big with provisions for light at every angle. The operating theaters are designed specifically to ensure no infections. They are also fitted with CCTV cameras.

Oh, and best of all, for VIPs is that all patients will have their own en-suite, large television screens among others.

It is an environment fit for a hospital of modern times but the biggest dilemma is whether government will allocate enough resources to maintain the standards. 

The USD24 million facility is jointly funded by Africa Development Bank and the government of Uganda and constructed by Arab contractors.