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By Goodluck Musinguzi

Dr Diana Atwine and a technical team from Ministry of Health inspected the newly finished extension blocks at Buwenge General Hospital. The Hospital was built to decongest Jinja Regional Referral Hospital which also handles referrals from lower health facilities in Jinja,Luuka and Kamuli districts.

Buwenge General Hospital is located in the town of Buwenge, in Magamaga Parish, in Buwenge sub-county, Kagoma county, in Jinja District. This is approximately 28 kilometres (17 miles) north of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital

This location lies about 109 kilometers (68 miles) northwest of Mulago National Referral Hospital.

As far back as 2008, the Jinja District Administration began preparation for the construction of a general hospital in the district, with funds sourced from the government of China. When those plans collapsed, the Ministry of Health, allocated Sh17 billion for the construction of the hospital in Buwenge on 15 acres (6 ha), with the construction broken down in phases.

In 2013, the government of Uganda, borrowed US$195 million from the World Bank to construct, renovate and equip certain hospitals and health centers, including Buwenge General Hospital The specific items to be constructed at the hospital include:

  • Construction of new buildings consisting of a double-storied T-Block to house patient wards
  • Build a new, larger, outpatient department
  • Build an emergency department (casualty department)
  • Build a hospital administration block
  • Build a house to accommodate the diesel generator for electricity
  • Build a placenta disposal facility
  • Build a bio-medical waste disposal facility
  • Build six new staff residences
  • Build a laundry facility for patients’ families
  • Build a kitchen and dining room for patients’ families
  • Build ventilated, improved, pit latrines for patients’ families and outpatients.
  • Jinja to get sh17b rural hospital
    The National vice chairperson of National Resistance Movement (NRM) for Eastern region, Capt. Mike Mukula said, the hospital will serve the districts of Jinja, Kamuli and Iganga.
    Jinja district local council debated and passed a resolution for the location of the hospital, which made President Museveni to direct the then health minister, the late Malinga to construct the hospital at Buwenge sub-county, Kagoma,He said the Government was committed to take services to the grassroots for the improvement in living standards and development of the rural poor.

    Jinja district director of health service then , Dr. David Kitimbo said with the construction of the hospital in Buwenge, Jinja will have 70 health facilities and this will reduce the distance travelled by patients in search of healthcare to five kilometres.

    Kitimbo urged the people to promote the programmes of immunisation for polio, measles and the fight against malaria and HIV/Aids.

    Kitimbo said the shortage of staff, equipment and drug in major hospitals has affected the delivery of good health services to the population.

    The people of Busoga region are happy for the hospital which had taken years to finish, Dr Diana Atwine has made sure it gets all the money to finish it.

    It will be launched soon.

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