Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Infrastructure at the Health Ministry says the ministry has sourced for the new contractor for the isolation centre in Entebbe as an emergency procurement because the normal procurement process would have taken at least 3 months.
The Ministry of Health is yet to award a contract for the
completion of the remodeling of the National Isolation Centre in Entebbe.
The National Isolation centre located in Manyago, Entebbe
Municipality was set up in 2009 to handle medical emergencies that require
isolation such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-SARS and Ebola.
In 2015, the World Bank allocated 2 Billion Shillings for the renovation.
However, the renovation works have stalled for over a month now after the
Ministry of Health cancelled the contract for Synergy Enterprises Ltd over
Initially, the company was supposed to complete the project by
June 2020. However, the project stalled overtime and its timelines were
equally affected by the outbreak of coronavirus disease-COVID-19. As a result,
the ministry extended the completion date first to August, then to October
Eng. George Otim, the Commissioner Health Infrastructure at the Health
Ministry says the ministry has sourced for the new contractor for the isolation
centre in Entebbe as an emergency procurement because the normal procurement
process would have taken at least 3 months.
Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act, 2003 (as amended), provides for
emergency procurement done by government ministries, departments or
thereby requires the contracts committee of the entities to make a resolution
to undertake an emergency procurement process and present it to the accounting
officer for approval. The accounting officer, who is the Permanent
Secretary ministry of health, must however seek approval from PPDA for the
emergency procurement before awarding the contract.
According to Otim, BMK Uganda Ltd could most likely get the
contract because the company is about to complete the remodeling of the TB
ward isolation ward at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital.
Otim says 95 percent of the works have been completed will be
able to complete the renovation works at the isolation centre in Entebbe.
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The isolation centre is expected to handle COVID-19 patients and
suspects, who are currently being managed at Entebbe Regional Referral
Otim says that the ministry had so far paid Synergy Enterprises
Ltd 1.1 Billion Shillings and the balance of 1.7 Billion Shillings could
be paid to BMK to complete the project within 3 months, effectively January
the time the contractor left the site two weeks ago, pending works included
setting up a waste decontaminating unit, remodelling of the former Tuberculosis
ward into a multipurpose unit, plastering, installing washroom facilities and
finishing the ceiling and floor works. An extra gate has been created for
ambulances to bring in new cases to a newly created block.