Sinohydro Ltd Karuma, a Chinese company constructing Karuma dam has offered to enhance and elevate UPDF Field Artillery Division’s Health Center IV to a fully fledged hospital with surgery and accommodation facilities as part of their corporate social responsibility.
The Health Center IV is utilized by military personnel but is also open to members of the public. It handles a total number of 100 out-patients and 40 are admitted daily.
It is headed by Dr Bisero Yesero and other UPDF medical staff.
While officiating at the ground breaking and laying of the foundation stone on Friday, the Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi thanked Sinohydro for extending a helping hand by supporting the health sector.
The hospital will see quality services offered to both the military and the civilians who access the facility.
“Such a gesture strengthens the ties between the two countries – Uganda and China, and you have chosen the right and purposeful support,” said Gen Muhoozi said.
The CDF informed the public that a theater, laboratory, mortuary, nurses quarters, Doctors’ houses and waiting shed will be constructed to elevate the facility to a fully fledged hospital.
Speaking at the same function the Commander Field Artillery Division, Maj Gen Sam Okiding, thanked the Chief of Medical Services for ensuring this offer came to the Division.
The Chief of Medical Services, Maj Gen Ambrose Musinguzi informed the guests that the hospital will cost over USD 1.5 million and that the Ministry of Health will avail all the necessary equipment that matches the new facility.
The project manager, Sinohydro corporation, Deng and his team commended the UPDF for the good working relationship and also thanked the government of Uganda for giving Sinohydro the opportunity to undertake various projects .
He added that as Sinohydro, they offered to construct a school, and hospital as part of their corporate social responsibility
At the end the ceremony, the CDF and the Project manager Sinohydro planted a tree to symbolise the good working relationship between Uganda and China and another one with Maj Gen Okiding to signify UPDF commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.
The ceremony was attended by UPDF MP, Brig Flavia Byekwaso, Chiefs and Directors and Staff Officers of Field Artillery Division. Eng Badru Kigundu and leaders from Masindi District were also in attendance.