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Mukono Health Center IV Hunts for UGX800M to Complete OPD Block

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Dr. Anthony Kkonde, the Municipality Health Inspector, says they embarked on the construction with Shillings 300 million donated to them by the president in 2015 for renovation but the resources ran out before the work could be completed.
The OPD department which is under construction.

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Mukono Health Center IV is hunting for more than Shillings 800million to complete the stalled Outpatient Department-OPD block. Construction of the two storied building started in 2018 under Link Investments limited.  

Dr.  Anthony Kkonde, the Municipality Health Inspector, says they embarked on the construction with Shillings 300 million donated to them by the president in 2015 for renovation but the resources ran out before the work could be completed.  

Kkonde, who didn’t disclose the entire sum of money needed for the construction works, says they have communicated to the Health Ministry about the need to complete the block since it will host some key departments.

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Dr. Geoffrey Kasirye, the in-charge of Mukono Health Center IV, says once completed, the OPD will reduce congestion at the facility. He notes that they petitioned Ministry of Health to elevate the health center to a hospital in 2013 and but their request was turned down. 

He says the facility attends to between 300 and 500 out patients on a daily basis. Last year, the Health center handled 7, 780 deliveries, which the management says is done under difficult condition due limited space. 

Dr. Kkonde explains that at times expectant mothers sleep on the verandah and others in corridor because of space problems.

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Dr. Kkonde says in addition to space problems, the hospital needs more staff to handle the overwhelming number of patients. He cites the maternity, which has only ten staff out of the required 16.

  The Mukono Municipal Mayor, George Fred Kagimu commends the health center staff for accepting to work under difficult conditions.    

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Jascent Nambaziira, an expectant mother found at the facility, says she would have remained in the ward until her delivery time, but she is forced to return home after visiting the antenatal clinic due to lack of space.

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