Emergency, an Italian NGO, is set to  build a Euro23 million hospital in Entebbe. According to the agreement, the government of Uganda is to offer land, while the hospital construction is be funded by the Italian NGO.

His Excellency the president of Uganda, President Museveni while Officiating the ground-breaking ceremony for a paediatric hospital in Entebbe, thanked Dr Gino Strada, the founder of Emergency, for setting up this hospital in Uganda.

The president said this will be a centre of excellence for paediatric surgery.

“The facility will besides offering free services, create jobs for Ugandans and reduce referrals to hospitals outside the country”, the president said.

Emergency, an Italian NGO, will build the Euro23 million hospital while the government of Uganda offered the land.

Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU), a national charity that cares for patients with terminal illnesses, has appealed to the government and other stakeholders to increase its focus on the provision of palliative care to critically ill and dying patients to improve their quality of life and the caretaker.

The appeal comes at a time when Uganda joins the rest of the world to celebrate “World day of the sick”.

February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation started by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes.

People around the world take the time to pray for the sick and for those who work very hard to alleviate the sufferings of the sick on this day. Faith organizations mark this day especially to provide the sick with medicines, food, and spiritual guidance.

Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in 1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his designation of the day.

Pope Benedict XVI also declared his decision to resign from his post as the Pope on this day in 2013. He cited his failing health as the reason behind his decision.