The proposed staff recruitment comes a few hours after Health Minister; Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed eight new Coronavirus cases sending panic among the population. According to Dr. Aceng, all the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
As his board of 20 members, which is also the biggest among government agencies, Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said considering the challenges of endless litigation and intrigue within the entity, she has appointed a lawyer to the board to guide them on the challenges that keep arising.
Aceng noted that she isn’t aware of any budget cuts since they have just received the first budget call circular from government, which isn’t conclusive because it doesn’t contain external funding and other sources like loans.
In his statement to the house, Twinamasiko noted that patients in need of CT scan services in Mulago causality ward turn to other government facilities or private hospital, which is cumbersome and costly. CT scan services in private facilities in Kampala cost on average between Shillings 200,000 and 300,000.
Although, Aceng doesn’t mention when the drugs will be delivered, she says the country remains at risk of infection even as there are no active cases, adding that this is the reason they are considering all interventions including treatment, vaccination and screening at the various border points.
Dr. Solome Okware, the Technical Advisor Policy at the Infectious Diseases Institute in Makerere University, notes that Uganda has heightened its capacity building efforts in coordination, social mobilization, surveillance and case management since the Ebola hemorrhagic fever broke out in the neighboring DR Congo, which can be used to strengthen health systems.
According to the architectural plan, the center will have three operating theatres, 6 bed pediatric Intensive care units, a 16 bed high dependency unit, a 50 bed ward, an out patients department, a laboratory and a blood blank, a diagnostic imaging department which includes an x ray, Ultra sound and a CT scan, Physiotherapy department, a pharmacy, ancillary services and guest house.