We cannot focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities.
The Ministry of Health will acquire land throughout the country for the expansion of national referral hospitals and health training facilities.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Aceng, who appeared before the Health Committee to defend the proposals in the budget framework document 2022/2023, said that due to an increase in the demand for health services as a result of the growth of the population, there is a need to expand health training institutions and reference hospitals.
He said that the reference hospitals serve the regions and the ministry is introducing services that are not available and expanding the infrastructure that is small, which makes the acquisition of land necessary.
“We are providing facilities with a development budget and they are encouraged to prioritize based on available resources, and regional maintenance workshops are one of them,” Aceng said.
In addition, he noted that the regional reference hospitals have been advised to prioritize expansions within the funds available under the remodeling project in a phased manner.
“These received 150 million shs each for the construction of two-bedroom staff houses,” he added.
Hon Yusuf Nsibambi (FDC, Mawokota South) said the ministry needs to resolve some of the issues related to the land on which many of the hospitals are located.
“In my previous job, we realized that these hospitals are on untitled land and bordered by land grabbers who continue to encroach on the land,” he said.
Nsibambi advised that all hospitals, such as the Mulago National Referral Hospital, should survey their land and open boundaries to keep out invaders and establish more usable land.
The president of the Commission, D. Charles Ayume, also asked the ministry to prioritize the allocation of resources to the rehabilitation and maintenance of health establishments and their equipment.
“We can’t focus on building new facilities alone without maintaining existing facilities; There shouldn’t be a situation where MRI scanners don’t work for six months,” he added.
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