Three pediatric theaters commissioned at Mulago

By Gloria Nakiyimba

The ministry of Health has commissioned three [3] state of the art Pediatric theaters at Mulago Specialized Hospital.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Theaters today, the minister of Health Jane Ruth Aceng noted that these will act as referral points where children with special needs in Oncology and Pulomonology and other conditions will be treated.
Cancer and lung related disease are some the conditions among children that require special attention.
This now brings the total number of children’s theaters to 11 in the country. The regional pediatric hospital in Entebbe alone with eight operating theaters dedicated to children.

“This is a very great achievement for Uganda , however our main focus is on disease prevention so that only children who have unpreventable health issues will be able to access specialized healthcare at these centers” said Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.

The theaters are specifically tailored for children with special pediatric equipment and instruments, well trained Pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists.

Charles Muhangi found dead in his bed


Police has confirmed the sudden death of Charles Muhangi a city business man, sports personality and also the proprietor of Horizon coaches.

Muhangi was reportedly found dead this morning at his home in Buziga surbab of Kampala in Makindye division by his wife.

According to Vicent Ssekate the CID spokesperson, police got the information from local leaders in Buziga and sent detectives to his home who confirmed his death.

“All i can tell you is we are taking the body to Mulago for postmortem and ascertain the possible cause of death” Ssekate said.

Mike Mawanda a family friend says the family will also conduct a joint post mortem with police through a family doctor.

“ We have heard from the people who were with him last night in the meeting, he was not sick up to 1 am he Departed and agreed to meet this morning”, says Mawanda.

60 year old Muhangi a renowned rally driver was the first Ugandan to win African rally championship in 1999.

He has been involved in a land wrangle with property mogul Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young. The three Kampala business men were battling for the ownership of Qualicel Arcade, and Nabukera arcade .

Muhangi claims ownership of the 0.58 hectares of the land on which the two arcades were built.

Last month the office of the Solicitor general issued Muhangi with a letter confirming the ownership of the land that housed the two arcades.

Muhangi further produced the letter to Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero for eviction, and was given a go ahead letter and officers to secure the premises during the eviction.

After retaining the ownership of two arcades Charles Muhangi change the names of Arcades from Qualicel terminal to “Horizon city” and Nabukera Plaza to “Bazannya N’engo”.

After changing the names of Arcades the two tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young closed the two arcades last month in protest which left many traders renting on the buildings stranded on streets of Kampala.
The arcades were later opened after two days.

The two business men were accusing Charles Muhangi of grabbing their buildings and have been battling the case in the courts of law for the last 13 years.

women demand reduction on Mulago hospital fees

By Deo Wasswa

Women groups in the country are demand that government amends the fees required to receive services at Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital to make it affordable for ordinary Ugandans.

This is among many of demands that women want the government to pursue across all sectors in tackling challenges that have continuously affected women.

This was revealed at the launch of fourth national women’s week at hotel Africana which is organized annually by women’s organizations to reflect, analyze and come up with innovative and influential strategies to change the status-quo in regard to  issues affecting progress on women  politically, economically and socially.

According to Sylivia Namubiru Mukasa  the director legal aids service providers network, expedite enactment of marriage and divorce bill and sexual offenses bill which currently under discussion in parliament is also among other demands.

The one week conference has been organized by vibrant and influential women’s movement advocating for gender equality and equality and it will run under theme ” crossing barriers, building bridges: unleashing collective power”.

Patients pour in as free medical services deadline closes in at new Mulago

By Moses Kidandi

The number of patients has increased at the new Mulago specialized hospital ahead of  free access of medical services deadline.

The hospital has so far recorded a total of 1040 outpatients, out of which 244 patients sought antenatal services, 710 were gynae out-patients, 42 received ultra sound scans, 213 people have undergone  laboratory tests and about 74 patients have returned to be reviewed.

For in-patients, the hospital has recorded nine admissions including , one normal delivery and four caesarean sections patients.

Health minister Ruth Aceng says the hospital has delivered 6 babies, that include a pair of twins and all the babies are alive and in a stable condition. 

Ruth Aceng says  members of the public will continue accessing free services at the new Mulago Specialized Women and Neonatal Hospital until next week after independence day celebrations.

Patients who want to access free medical services after the deadline will have to visit General Government Hospitals.

DP criticizes Government over new medical fees structure

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Democratic party ( DP) has  joined other political parties and members of public to criticize the charges for healthy service’s at the newly built women hospital in Mulago.

Kenneth Paul Kakande the party spokesman says the consultation fee charges is 50,000 are discriminating yet it’s referral hospital which mandates government to provide healthy services  to the unprivileged.

During a weekly press briefing at DP offices Kampala Kakande says the hospital was built on tax payers money.

Democratic party wants parliament of Uganda to intervene and form committee to investigate the way the hospital going to operate.

Heart patients stuck in Heart institute due to lack of space

By Alice Lubwama
The Uganda Heart Institute says that it is stuck with a number of patients mainly children who cannot undergo operation due to lack of space.
The director Uganda Heart Institute Dr John Omagino tells the health committee of parliament that children seeking heart surgery cannot access the operation room due to limited space until one year has elapsed and it is difficult for surgeon to share the room.

Mulago super specialized maternal and neo-natal ward to open soon

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Construction of the state of the art Super Specialized Maternal and Neo-natal facility at Mulago National Referral hospital is complete.
In an exclusive interview, Enock Kusasira Mulago hospital publicist told Capital radio that civil works at the magnificent facility in Kampala are done.
“We are now installing equipment and installing an integrated hospital management system.  Every other thing has been done. We are only finalizing with the retaining wall just behind the hospital” said Kusasira.
The new facility will for the first time offer In-vitro Fertilization-IVF services to patients with fertility problems.
“All our staff especially those who will be working in that hospital are receiving refresher training, others went for specialized training in areas of IVF “he revealed.
Kusasira says once opened the 450 bed hospital will become the first public facility to offer IVF services in Uganda.
The state of the art Women specialized hospital will be opened in July this year.
Construction of the hospital has cost 33.3 million US Dollars which government borrowed from the    Islamic Development Bank-IDB.    The hospital was constructed by the Arab contractors company from Egypt.
No Oxygen shortage
Kusasira noted that the two oxygen plants at the hospital are producing enough oxygen to   cater for patients especially babies.
There were reports of shortage of oxygen which was linked to death of many babies at Kawempe hospital.  But  Mr.   Kusasira noted that the reports were false.
“Mulago hospital has enough oxygen and we distribute it to all our campuses; Kawempe and Kiruddu on regular basis.”
The hospital has two oxygen plants. The old one  was installed in November 2012 and a new one that was installed early this year
“Both of them are working at full capacity and there is no hitch in as far as the supply of oxygen is concerned” he insisted.
Kusasira also dismissed claims that the hospital is grappling with a shortage of blood.
“ I have no knowledge of blood  shortages, we suffered a lot when students were on holiday,  but for the last two months there has  not been any report of shortage of blood “  he said.
He added that all the theatres at Mulago hospital are working, and all the patients that need transfusion are being transfused and there is no cause for alarm.

Makerere University hospital dilapidated

Makerere University Hospital is in a sorry state. The once glorified Makerere University Hospital operates in dilapidated structures, lacks reliable electricity and is poorly staffed. Originally, a 32 bed hospital serving both out-patients and inpatients including university staff, students and neighboring communities, the hospital has now reduced to 22 beds.

According to the University website, Makerere university hospital offers both curative and preventive services.  The dental unit offers extraction, scaling, polishing and filling-in services for the teeth.  There is also a new and modern X-ray unit which deals with all X-ray diagnosis.  The Laboratory concerns itself with examining samples of blood, stool and Urine.

In addition, it also offers maternal Child-health and Family Planning Clinic deals with the immunization of children and students, dispenses vaccines and contraceptives, first aid during student strikes and university functions like graduations among others.

Dr. Margret Wandera, the Director Makerere University Hospital, says their biggest challenge is understaffing and inadequate resources. According to Wandera, because of its capacity the hospital is supposed to have 74 workers. However, currently there are 54 staffs with only 3 doctors, 2 clinical officers and two nurses only available at night.

The rest of the workers are cleaners, rendering the hospital short of skilled workers. “When I joined this hospital in September 2014 as the acting director, there are some things that I put on my top priority list like increasing staff, but up to today I have never achieved it because of the government ban on recruitment,” she said in an interview.

“We have three doctors, one physician, one radiologist, one public health doctor and two clinical officers who are on a six months contract. As a result, we have even elevated some of the cleaners who have upgraded to serve as book keepers,” she added. According to Wandera, due to staff shortage they have teamed up with other partners to provide some services. “We have partitioned some of the wards because of the few resources to run the hospital. We are partnering with some organisations for instance to provide Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) services,” said Dr. Wandera.

Adding that, “X-ray services are outsourced because we cannot afford the cost of maintaining some of the machines. And we don’t have staff to operate some of the units.” In the recent past, the hospital has registered declining performance with some services being stopped; it is more of a neglected section of the university.

Dr. Wandera says “The inpatient hospital services are restricted to students from Makerere University; this university hospital handles largely students. On a semester basis, we can handle between 700-900 patients.” “We offer services to different university units, but we are too stretched. That ambulance is my car. It’s what I use to monitor, deliver medicine to Jinja campus, Kabanyolo and main campus,” said Dr. Wandera.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Makerere University confirms the deplorable state of the hospital, saying their major problem is poor funding.

Prof. Nawangwe says they are hunting for partners to transform the hospital into a teaching hospital.

Every student pays Shillings 10,000 for the services at the hospital for their entire period of study. Dr. Wandera says the money is used for running costs of the hospital, which is insufficient. Students in other universities such Kyambogo pay Shillings 50,000 as medical contribution every semester.

Before 1972, the university maintained a health post known as Makerere University Students Health Service or Sick Bay at the current Makerere University Police Post.  In 1972, when Idi Amin expelled Asians, the university acquired the premises formerly known as Nile Nursing Home.

The university Sick Bay relocated to the new premises. On 16 February 1978, President Idi Amin visited the Sick Bay and elevated it to a Hospital status. According to Makerere University Hospital Situation Report of 2015 conducted by the students’ guild, the hospital as of July 2015 was offering comprehensive health care to the students, staff and their families as well as the surrounding communities serving a population of about 60,000 people.

The hospital is located on Makerere hill road off Gadaffi road about 2 kilo meters southwest of Mulago National Referral Hospital.


Police finds contract killer

By Robert Ssegawa.

Police in Kampala have killed a suspected thug alleged to be behind the killing and aggravated robberies in areas like Luweero, Kawempe, Nangabo, Makindye, Mukono and others areas.

According to the police spokesperson Fred Enanga, Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth was arrest in Nakasongola district with a gun but in a process of resisting he was short and later died in Mulago.

Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth
Corporal Tindimwebwa Kenneth

Upon investigation police have got incriminating evidence showing that he was the leader of a group that killed Nakawa Juliet in Mukono after robbing 7 million from her, it’s the same suspect who killed Sewaka Husein a police officer in Luweero and several others .

Police has discovered 688 rounds of a munitions, one AK47, 14 phones, airtime, and identity cards of some of people he has been killing.

In the same investigation, police has arrested Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist who has been offering him with transport and Nambi Marium who is the wife to the deceased to help in more investigations.

Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist
Ibrahim Mbabaali a badaboda cyclist


Construction of Bankers at the Mulago cancer institute to last twelve months

By Moses Kindandi

The Government has commenced the construction of six under ground bankers to house the Radiotherapy machines at Mulago cancer institute.

The construction of the bankers will cost government  25 billion Uganda shillings . Representing president Museveni at the ground breaking ceremony this afternoon at Mulago cancer institute the prime minister , Dr Ruhakana Rugunda told the gathering that the Government is doing all it takes to ensure that cancer patients get adequate medical treatment.  Construction to works will be done by Roko construction and will last a period of twelve month.