Starting Monday, most of Mulago’s out-patient clinics will move to the newly built Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Kiruddu hospital in Makindye. This, according to the hospital’s Public Relations Officer Enock Kusasira, is to enable faster renovation of Mulago’s out-patients clinics.
“We inform stakeholders and the general public that our medical outpatients clinics will start running in Kiruddu with effect from tomorrow May 16, 2016,” Kusasira said on Sunday.
Opening of the Kiruddu and Kawempe hospitals to the public is two months overdue, as Minister of State for health Chris Baryomunsi had last year promised complete works by March. Work on several floors of the hospital is however still ongoing despite the decision to move in.
The minister said last year that, upon completion, the two hospitals will create easy access to health care to the public and also de-congest Mulago Referral Hospital. Baryomunsi argued that Mulago is handling illness which can be managed by regional hospitals.
“Once completed these satellite hospitals will decongest Mulago and treat all simple illnesses that have been overwhelming the national referral, leaving it to perform its core role as a referral,” Baryomunsi said.
Baryomunsi revealed Mulago will soon become a medical centre of excellence. “With the major renovations and establishments being made by government in Mulago hospital, Uganda is set to become a major center of medical tourist attraction in the country.”
Kiruddu Health Centre is being upgraded to a 170 bed general hospital at a cost of $15 million (UG shs 38 billion) with an aim of de-congesting Mulago. The hospital is under construction by the Government of Uganda, with funding from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF)
“The hospital is located in the neighborhood of Kiruddu, on Buziga Hill, in Makindye Division, one of the five administrative units of the Kampala Capital City Authority. This is approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 m), by road, southeast of the city’s central business district, close to the neighborhood called Munyonyo, along the northern shores of Lake Nalubaale.”