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Regional Pediatric Surgery Hospital Nears Completion

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.
Ministers Jane Ruth Aceng, Matia Kasaija and Emergency President Rossella Maccio inspecting construction works at the facility.

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The construction of the Regional Pediatric Surgery center construction in Banga in Nakiwogo in Entebbe Municipality is expected to be completed by December this year, the Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng has revealed.   She disclosed this shortly after a monitoring visit to the facility on Wednesday. 

The Surgery center worth Shillings 117 billion is being constructed under a consortium of Emergency Worldwide in partnership with the Ugandan government.   The facility is expected to be the center for excellence for pediatric surgery in East and Central Africa. Once completed, the center will handle general surgical cases and congenital abnormalities that children are born with trauma and need neonatal, transplants, cardiac and neural surgeries.   

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.   

The facility is expected to handle children under 15 years of age. Rossella Miccio, the President of Emergency World Wide, says the construction is at 70 percent. Government is expected to provide 20% towards the construction and operating costs of the facility.  The Finance Ministry disbursed UGX 10.6 billion in 2017 and 10.89 in 2018 toward the construction works.  

Government has only allocated Shillings 1 billion of the remaining Shillings 7 billion for the construction this financial.   The Health Minister, Jane Ruth Aceng is worried that this might affect the project implementation.  She pleaded with the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija to provide the remaining Shillings 6 billion for the completion of the construction.   

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Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, said well as government is committed to working within the financing agreement for the project, the 2019/2020 budget had many priorities, which led to the limited resource allocation for project. He however, said government will provide the remaining money to ensure the project is completed within the agreed deadline.   

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Rossella Miccio, the President of Emergency Worldwide, says once completed the facility will help the region to handle diseases and surgeries among children have been overlooked for long. She said the facility is expected to employ up to 350 staff, 90 % of whom will be Ugandan.   

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The Entebbe Municipal, Mayor Vincent Kayanja noted with concern the sorry state of the road leading to the center. He called upon Uganda National Roads Authority to upgrade the 3.2 kilometer road from class B marram to tarmac.