KAMPALA – President Museveni on Tuesday commissioned the new Mulago Specialised Women and Neo-Natal Hospital and said the transformation of Mulago Hospital is synonymous with the country’s transformation.
Speaking after touring the new hospital premises, Museveni said that he first visited Mulago in 1965, when he had escorted his sister who had suffered a polio attack.
He noted that the 450-bed national referral facility is much more different from that of 1965. It now has prenatal clinics, delivery wards, surgical theaters, recovery rooms and postnatal wards.
Museveni emphasised the need to have it remain as a purely referral hospital.
“The philosophy should be prevention. We should not have people admitted here over preventable diseases, noted President Museveni.
The head of state also said that the lower units will have to improve their services and be well equipped. If this happens, it will reduce congestion at Mulago. The government though will continue building more specialized hospitals.
“Health workers should be systematic in their plans. Don’t “kwekubagiza” (be full of regrets). It is possible to accomplish much even with meagre resources if you are committed and strategic. It is how the NRA, despite minimal resources, won the Bush War,” Museveni added.
He said a lot can be achieved through proper hygiene, nutrition, behavioural change, lifestyle and management of disease vectors such as mosquitoes that spread malaria by sleeping under treated mosquito nets.
“I have been told many tests can be done at this facility. It is something I have always urged administrators here to develop. With tests, Ugandans will be able to prevent diseases, which is the biggest component of healthcare”
About remuneration of health workers, president Museveni said that government would continue to improve their salaries so that brain drain is checked.
“We shall try to match regional and international market rates, starting with scientists first and then other professions later,” President Museveni said.