The government through the ministry of health yesterday commissioned the construction of an 8586,169,640 billion shillings intensive care unit at Kabale Regional Referral hospital in Kabale Municipality.
The contract for the construction that is expected to be completed in one year and three month was awarded to HASO Engineers Company Limited with funding from the International Development Agency (IDA).
Handing over the site to the contractor Kabale Regional Referral hospital in Kabale municipality the commissioner for Communicable Diseases Prevention and control at the ministry of health Dr. Patrick Tusiime, expressed his optimism regarding the project’s potential. He emphasized that upon the ICU’s completion, it will empower the region to provide advanced medical care, reducing the need for patients to be referred to healthcare facilities in Kampala.
Dr. Tusiime also issued a stern warning to the contractor, urging them to uphold the highest standards of workmanship. He stressed the importance of close collaboration between the contractor, the hospital, and stakeholders from both Kabale municipality and the district to ensure the seamless and timely completion of the project within the prescribed one year and 3month timeframe.
Dr. John Philbert Nyeko, the Director of Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, reflected on the challenges the hospital faced in 2020 when dealing with COVID-19 patients. He highlighted the critical shortage of ICU equipment and insufficient space as significant impediments.
Dr. Nyeko underscored the significance of the upcoming ICU building, which will enable the region’s population to access specialized medical care that was previously only available in Kampala.
The construction of this ICU represents a significant step forward in enhancing healthcare services in the Kabale District and the surrounding region, ultimately improving the lives of countless individuals.