Gulu Regional Referral Hospital gets new maternity ward

GULU – The Japanese government through Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) have handed over the new building for a maternity ward at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital to the Ministry of Health.

The multibillion facility constructed by Excel Engineering Construction Company was at the cost of Shs37 billion.

The maternity ward has a capacity of 80 beds, three minor theatres, 6 sub units for delivery, 5 intensive care beds, casualty ward or emergency unit and 5 incubator beds for premature babies.

Tchiyama Takayuk the Japanese country representative said, the support is meant to improve patient’s safety which will cover all the regional referral hospitals in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Ruth Acheng who received the building appreciated the Japanese for investing in the health sector.

She however cautioned the hospital authorities and the medics in the facility for levying cost on patients for accessing the services.

Her counterpart, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Health, Dr Diana Atwine urged the hospital management to maintain the equipment and the facility from vandalism and damage.

She revealed that Shs 32 billion was used for the construction, while 5 billion went on purchase and installation of equipment.

The Hospital Director, Dr James Elima asked the Ministry to train more human resources to handle the equipment.

Dr Florence Oyella, the in-charge of the gynecology’s ward noted that the facility will help to address the challenges expectant mothers face.

She explained that the hospital continues to register more cases of premature babies who require intensive care that was difficult to provide due to limited facilities.

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