KCCA hospitals upgraded to referral hospital status

Cabinet has approved a proposal to upgrade three Kampala Capita City Authority Hospitals to referral hospital status in order to bridge the patient referral gap between Mulago national referral hospital and lower health units.

The cabinet decision if passed by Parliament shall see Kiruddu General Hospital in Makindye, Kawempe Hospital in Kawempe, and Naguru hospital in Nakawa divisions attain referral hospital status.

Adressing the weekly government press briefing on Wednesday at the Uganda Media Centre, ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze said, the government decision was intended to provide additional training facilities for medical interns.

Minister Tumwebaze while addressing the media at the government media centre in Kampala.

“It will bridge the patient referral gap between lower health facilities and Mulago specialized hospital thus improving health service delivery within Kampala City; It will strengthen the professional medical training capacity at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and provide additional centers for training of medical interns,” Tumwebaze said.

Cabinet also resolves to grant the Ministry of Health permission to have the three hospitals operate as semi-autonomies which enables them to expedite implementation of management decisions.

“They will be able carry out their own procurement and improve the quality of services while reporting directly to the Ministry of Health on technical and financial issues,” Tumwebaze said.

The three hospitals shall raise alternative revenue such as non tax revenue in addition to being allocated funds for wage, non wage recurrent and development obligations from government coffers.

By the time cabinet resolved to grant the three hospitals a semi-autonomous status, they had already been generating own revenue collected from private patients at their respective private wings.