22 January 2009

Uganda: Jinja Hospital to Get Intensive Care Unit

Kampala — JINJA Hospital has embarked on the construction of modern facilities to improve its service delivery.

A sh860m intensive care unit funded by the Government is already underway and is expected to be completed in six months.

The hospital's principal administrator, Charles Tumushime, said: "Once it is in place, the facility will improve the care of the patients in critical condition. We have been transferring them to Mulago in Kampala, which has been costly."

Tumushime was speaking during the staff end-of-year party at the Cool Breeze Hotel on Sunday.

He said Assist International, a UK-based non-governmental organisation, would equip the unit.

A psychiatry unit, funded by the African Development Bank, is also under construction.

The unit, being constructed under the Strategic Health Services Plan II, is a one-year project, which started in September last year, Tumushime said.

Initially, the unit was being housed in an old structure belonging to Busoga Kingdom.

A member of the hospital board, Dr. Henry Kyemba, expressed concern over the poor pay of the staff.

"You do a lot of work and spend sleepless nights trying to save lives, yet you benefit less from the national cake," Kyemba, also a former MP and minister of health, told the staff.

The medical superintendent, Dr. Benon Wanume, said the staff work under difficult conditions.

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