Controversy Looms over Iganga Hospital Construction

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Leaders are concerned that the ongoing works are not in line with the plan unveiled by President Yoweri Museveni and agreed upon by the hospital administrators last year. They claim that as opposed to the planned construction of storied buildings, the contractor is digging a foundations meant for single floor buildings.

Iganga district leaders are calling for parliamentary intervention to deal with a Chinese company China Nat Aero Tech Eng Construction, which was contracted to construct new buildings at Iganga hospital. They are accusing the company of deviating from the original architectural design.
 
According to the original architectural design, Iganga hospital is meant to have six new storey buildings constructed at Nakavule. The UGX 10 billion project will have staff houses, a modern theatre, two maternity wards, a Tuberculosis ward, a new reception and an orthopedic ward. Funded by the World Bank and Government of Uganda, the renovation which started in December 2013 is expected to be complete by December 2014.
 
Dr Jacinto Amandua, the Commissioner Clinical Services says the hospital rehabilitation, aimed at improving service delivery at the hospital will include improvement of infrastructure, equipment, training the work force and management systems.

However, leaders are concerned that the ongoing works are not in line with the plan unveiled by President Yoweri Museveni and agreed upon by the hospital administrators last year. They claim that as opposed to the planned construction of storied buildings, the contractor is digging a foundations meant for single floor buildings.
 
Olivia Kwagala Kabaale, the Iganga district woman MP says the contractors are using a wrong design and plan for the facelift.
 
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Peter Mugema, Iganga municipality Member of Parliament demands for a halt in the ongoing construction at Iganga hospital. He is also calling for a demonstration against the Chinese firm

But Siraji Katono , the Iganga municipality Mayor calls for dialogue between the contractor and the beneficiaries saying demonstrating may not address the  problems arising.

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Iganga hospital was constructed in 1968 with a bed capacity of 120 patients, but caters for more than 500 patients drawn from seven districts.