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Mulago Decries Small Budget Allocation

The Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Dr .Baterana Byarugaba has decried the meager funds allocated to Mulago hospital by Government, saying it has left Ugandans expecting the receive services to the value of meat yet the funding only meets beans diet.
Baterana made the remarks while appearing before Parliament’s Budget Committee after MPs raised concerns over perennial departure of Ugandans abroad for treatment in disregard of Mulago services.
However, Baterana blamed the trend on meager services citing the 2021/2022 where the National Referral Hospital has only been allocated Shs59Bn, leaving the hospital with shortage of Shs129Bn.
He cited the Shs92.3Bn shortage for specialized medicine, Shs10Bn medical equipment, refurbishment of upper Mulago Shs21Bn, cleaning and sanitation Shs1.6Bn, electricity Shs1Bn among others and only Shs80M for training super specialized medics.
The Chairperson Budget Committee Amos Lugoloobi said that although he received the best treatment in Mulago before his referral to Nairobi, he was taken back when he was driven to Nsambya for MRI scan.
But State Minister for Primary Health Care, Joyce Kaducu however denied reports that Mulago hospital has two functional scan, saying the facility has one MRI scan and two CT Scans and they were functional at her latest visit last week.
At the regional level, only Mbarara Referral hospital has a functional CT Scan leaving others at similar level like Mbale, Soroti, Jinja, Arua, Lira, Moroto, Fort Portal, Kabale etc referring patients to Mulago in need of such services.
The Chairperson Health Committee who is also Bukuya county mp Michael Bukenya, rejected these claims arguing that the MRI scan at Mulago hospital isn’t functional because the facility housing the MRI scan is yet to be completed by contractor Roko Construction Company.
He also revealed that the Health Committee has recommended to Government to equip all regional referral hospitals with CT Scans starting with Mbale, Hoima and Gulu instead of procuring another CT Scan for Mulago.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Diana Atwine, said that Government has been up in arms with subcontractor working with Roko Construction Limited doing works at Mulago who locked up facility meant to house MRI Scan in protest of Roko failing to pay them and it took pleading of the Ministry to open up the facility and switch on the Air Conditioner for the MRI Scan to operate.
Koboko North MP Elias Asiku who worked as an accountant in Mulago for fifteen years backed Baterana saying that during his tenure at the national referral hospital, Mulago operated a budget that would allow the hospital to operate for 10days in a month.

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