Providing a back ground to the hospital, Kawuma told Parliament that ever since the hospital was set up over 104 years ago, it has never been expanded nor had any renovations. This is despite the growing population in the municipality for the hospital which was set out to serve only 2000 people compared to the over 100,000 people now.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Kawuma urged government to involve and inform all stakeholders over the takeover of the hospital which he says was done though a mere phone call.
The Ministry of Defence early this month announced they were going to take over the hospital.
Kawuma says the takeover should only take place after government has set up a similar or better facility elsewhere before it is taken over by the Special Forces.
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Yesterday the political heads of the district took to the street to demonstrate against the plan which saw the district chairperson Mathias Buwanika arrested and detained.
Sarah Opendi, the State Minister for Primary Health Care, amidst heckling by MP’s asked for more time to consult and return with a full statement on the matter.
Opendi says they have agreed as political leaders and technical officers in the ministry of health that they need to consult all stakeholders since the plan dates from way back in 2002.
Jacob Oulanyah, the deputy speaker of Parliament, then ordered her to state clearly that the hospital shall not be taken over on the 1st of November as was the plan. The consultations are to take place within a weeks’ time and return to Parliament on Thursday next week.
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Opendi said they have plans to turn the hospital into a VIP treatment centre and trauma centre.
Gilbert Bukenya, the Kakiri Member of Parliament, wondered why government was taking over a property that was given to the population by the great empire of Britain. He cited the two hospitals including the commoners’ hospital Grade B and the Grade A hospital.
Bukenya adds that when a common person comes out to talk about such matters they are bashed by police instead of government building another hospital.
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Providing a back ground to the hospital, Kawuma told Parliament that ever since the hospital was set up over 104 years ago, it has never been expanded nor had any renovations.
This is despite the growing population in the municipality for the hospital which was set out to serve only 2000 people compared to the over 100,000 people now.
The hospital also serves millions others from Kampala, Wakiso, Kalangala, Masaka among others.
He adds that they have also been enjoying a good relationship with the external community such as the medical research council and the donor community that supports it. It also supports over 4000 HIV positive patients yet organisations such as TASO and Mild May are scaling down on HIV treatment services.
Government budgets about 800 million shillings annually for the hospital yet Kawuma says they only receive about 400 million shillings.
On the 21st of October, Asuman Lukwago the permanent secretary ministry of health called the hospital superintendent and instructed him to hand over the hospital to the Special Forces on the 1st of November.