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National Isolation Centre Renovation Works Resume

Eng. George Otim, the commissioner health infrastructure at the health ministry says that the works are expected to be completed by March this year.
Some of the builders working on the laboratory unit at the centre

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Renovation works of the National Isolation Centre in Entebbe municipality have resumed. 

The works were halted in September after the contractor, Synergy Enterprises Ltd, was fired after failing to meet agreed timelines and use the specified building materials such as sand and stones.

As a result, the Ministry of Health sourced for a new contractor. After getting clearance from the World Bank and the Solicitor General in late December, the ministry awarded the contract to BMK Uganda Ltd.

Eng. George Otim, the commissioner health infrastructure at the health ministry says that the works are expected to be completed by March this year.

"We have told the contractor to expedite works on the medical building which includes the laboratory, wards, intensive care unit, mortuary and laundry rooms and finish them by February," Otim says, "This will enable us to admit patients infected with coronavirus at the facility as works continue at the former TB ward."

He says that the ministry is confident that the contractor can complete the works within the prescribed period because the overall progress of the project was at 70 percent completion rate.

When URN reporter visited the site, 20 workers were working on the laboratory unit while others were painting the walls and door panels.

Carol Twinobusingye, the Clerk of Works says that the contractor is still mobilizing more workers to expedite the works.

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The National isolation centre located was set up in 2009 to handle all medical emergencies that require isolation. The centre has been managing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Sars and Ebola cases.

In 2015, the World Bank supported the revamping of the centre at a tune of 3 billion shillings. 

Once completed, Entebbe Hospital will transfer all its coronavirus patients and suspects to the isolation centre and the hospital will reopen to the public.

The hospital which currently has over 80 COVID-19 patients, used to serve a population of over one million from Entebbe, Kalangala, Katabi town council among others before it was turned into a COVID-19 management facility in late March.

 The isolation centre will accommodate 50 to 100 beds and will relieve Entebbe hospital and other regional hospitals that are currently overwhelmed with COVID-19 cases.