More than 250 squatters have encroached on the 47 acres of the hospital land. The encroachment has affected the hospital's plans for expansion and the construction of a regional Heart Institute in the area.
The State Minister for Health General Duties, Sarah Opendi has
tasked Masaka Regional Referral Hospital Management Board to address the
encroachment on the hospital land.
Speaking at the inauguration and swearing-in ceremony of the members of the board on Wednesday at Masaka hospital, Opendi said that she is aware that the
hospital is stuck with the challenge of encroachers which has
affected development of the hospital.
She asked the board to work closely with all stakeholders to
ensure that this challenge is addressed.
Opendi also said that the new board should investigate how people settling on
the hospital land acquired the plots.
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More than 250 squatters have encroached on the 47 acres of the hospital
land. The encroachment has affected the hospital's plans for expansion and the
construction of a regional Heart Institute.
In February, Masaka Regional referral hospital started opening boundaries
to resolve a long-standing land dispute with squatters.
In June, the hospital authorities started to register all
squatters that encroached on the land to establish how much land is being
occupied by the encroachers.
Masaka hospital director, Dr. Nathan Onyachi, said that the new
hospital board will also help the hospital address the challenges facing the
hospital such as drug stock-outs, inadequate staffing and lack of equipment.
The new hospital board is chaired by Dr. John Steven Ssebagala.
Other members are Masaka Hospital director, Dr Nathan Onyachi, as the General Secretary
and Kabuye the hospital principal administrator and representatives from
districts such as Lwengo, Kalungu, and Rakai among others.