KAMPALA, President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned the construction of the Aga Khan University Hospital, expected to offer “specialised treatment for complicated illnesses” as well as training for doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

The function at the Nakawa a city suburb was graced by Aga Khan, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, health minister Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Attorney General Freddie Ruhindi, lands minister Daudi Migereko and several dignitaries from the Aga Khan Development Network.

Museveni saluted The Aga Khan for the Ismaili Prince’s contribution to “filling the entrepreneurship deficit in Uganda and East Africa.

After the gesture of ‘laying of a brick’ to signify the commissioning of the teaching hospital by both the Ugandan President and Aga Khan, the group moved to the Kampala Serena Hotel for further commemorations.

The Aga Khan University Hospital is expected to be equipped with specialised cardiac operation theatres, intensive care units and radiation therapy equipment, as well as provide advanced diagnostic, rehabilitative and therapeutic care services to reduce on the number of Uganda and East Africans who leave the region for treatment abroad.

According to information from the Aga Khan Development, the first phase of the project $100m (about sh336b) to establish a 150-bed teaching hospital will end in 2020. The second phase will see the facility’s capacity expanded to 600 beds.


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