Mulago Specialised Women’s Hospital was this week officially commissioned by the President of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The 450-bed capacity hospital which was built to improve the quality of maternal and neonatal (newborn) healthcare services and also help decongest Mulago National Referral Hospital was completed at a cost of $25.14m, thanks to a loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and  opened to  the public on September 17. Prior  to the  commissioning, the hospital had already treated 2,343 patients mainly those that sought antenatal and gynaecology services, ultrasound scans, laboratory tests, as well as normal and caesarian deliveries.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, President Museveni reiterated the need to keep the hospital specialized with no room for “diarrhea and fever” cases. He went on to call on the legislators to consider salary increments for all scientists in the country matching international scales. “Fortunately, scientists are not many. The Government doctors  are only 2,500 and the nurses employed  by the Government  are 23,000. So please, let us solve this issue and let them first earn and the rest of us will get later,” Museveni stated. He also called upon Ugandans to focus on prevention of sicknesses by promoting proper hygiene, nutrition, immunization, behavioural change, lifestyle and management of disease vectors.

The Health Minister, Hon. Jane Ruth Aceng who accompanied the President said the hospital  was  to offer absolutely  free services until the 9th  of  October  2018  as  an independence gift  to Ugandans and  thereafter charge  fees that were approved  by Cabinet to not only maintain the hospital equipment  but also remunerate the highly specialized staff.

The hospital will specialize in high risk antenatal care, delivery, postnatal services, gynaeco-oncology, uro-gynaecology, especially focusing on obstetric fistula (VVF), assisted reproductive health technologies, intensive care services and operation theatres offering laparoscopic surgery.