President commissions multimillion military medical facility, urges UPDF to Use own human resource and save more money

President Yoweri kaguta Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of Uganda’s Armed Forces has hailed the UPDF leadership for using their own human resource to build infrastructure and save money through strengthening the health care capacity among the security forces.

The President who was en-route to Apach District to preside over this years’ Tarehe Sita celebrations made a stop-over at Bombo Military Barracks where he commissioned the newly built UPDF Officers’ Wing and Intensive Care unit.

According to Col. Bekunda – Besigye, construction of the medical facility cost Shs 925million and took one year to complete. He said the medical equipment will cost another Shs723m.

The 25-bed capacity facility consists of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), maternity and delivery room and general ward as well as VIP suits.

Brig. Dr. Ambrose Musinguzi, the UPDF Chief of Medical Services, 70% of the patients at the facility are civilians who are offered services free of charge.

President Museveni commended the work of the two core groups, the medical team led by Brig. Dr. Musinguzi and the Engineering Brigade led by Col. Bekunda, which he said has greatly reduced on the cost of construction done by hired contractors.

“All along I have been commissioning structures built by contractors and I have been asking when they (UPDF) are constructing theirs. Now that you have built it yourselves, am happy and congratulate you” he said.

He said the facility will help the institution in treating and handling their own patients in privacy without ‘advertising’, but also serve the local community.

“You have done well. You have done it yourselves and you will examine and treat our soldiers. You should continue to cover more areas of the body to handle issues of cancers, kidneys, Urinary tract diseases and heart diseases among others,” he said.

In his remarks, the UPDF Chief of Medical Services Brig Dr Timothy Musinguzi said that the facility has been constructed with funds from the Ministry of Defence budget amounting to Shs925 million. The UPDF has been able to equip the new intensive care unit with medical facilities worth Shs523 million with the facility now open to both the public and UPDF officers. The UPDF will soon embark on the construction of a diagnostic Centre at Mbuya Military Hospital in Kampala to cost about Shs500 million, Dr Musinguzi said on Monday.