BY INNOCENT ATUGANYIRA
MASINDI: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2021
Members of Parliament from Masindi district have joined hands to ask the parliament of Uganda to consider approving funds for the construction of more structures at Masindi district general hospital.
The legislators said that Masindi District General Hospital was constructed in 1922 with a 100-bed capacity to handle about 50,000 people but now it handles about 350,000 people, a population that has overwhelmed the hospital.
The maternity ward was constructed to accommodate only 14 beds but now 30 beds are squeezed in there and because the ward handles an average of 30 to 50 mothers daily, many of the mothers sleep on the hospital floor.
Ronald Akugizibwe Aled the member of parliament representing Buruli Constituency tabled the matter before parliament yesterday.
He said that the hospital need to be included in budgeting for new infrastructure in the 2022/2023 financial year.
“The hospital buildings are too old and no longer convenient to handle patients at the level of a district hospital and are actually a threat to the patients and health workers. Therefore there is need for total replacement,” Akugizibwe pleaded with the house.
The politician also noted that Masindi hospital was one of the hospitals earmarked for construction under the Uganda Health Systems Strengthening Project and the Infrastructural design and bidding were done but unlike Apac, Kiryandongo, Kitgum, Anaka, Moyo and Nebbi hospitals, no construction happened at Masindi hospital.
Masindi district general hospital is seated on 9.17 hectares of government land without any encumbrances.
Akugizibwe argued that since 60% of the hospital land is empty, this gives room for building of new structures.
“My prayer, Madam Speaker, is that government allocates capital development funds to construct new hospital facilities at Masindi in the next financial year and if possible a supplementary budget to this effect can be presented to this house and passed since something needs to be done urgently at this hospital,” Akugizibwe said.
He was backed by other MPs from Masindi district who all agreed with the proposal.
According to Joab Businge, MP for Masindi Municipality, the issue of Masindi hospital needs urgent consideration for actualization in the next financial year.
“The hospital needs overall rehabilitation and construction of new structures, we are working together to ensure the issue is sorted out because life is precious,” he reacted.
Businge explained that they need to see the hospital uplifted to a national standard adding that they will meet the hospital staff and local leaders to plan for the construction of new structures.
Meanwhile Kenneth Kiiza Nyendwoha, the MP representing Bujenje Constituency disclosed that construction of a university in Bunyoro and rehabilitating Masindi were on top of their agenda after the post-election swearing in.
Florence Asiimwe, the Woman MP representing Masindi district assured that they are working hand-in-hand with other stakeholders to ensure new structures are constructed at Masindi district general hospital.
“I have already approached the office of the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and they are promising to include Masindi hospital’s rehabilitation and expansion funding in the next financial year’s budget,” she said.