UPDF National Referral Hospital at Lower Mbuya in Uganda

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The UPDF National Referral Hospital project located at Lower Mbuya in Uganda is a state-of-the-art 250 bed diagnostic and treatment facility. The US $28.2m facility is expected to have all hospital departments and a medical school.

The funds for the project are part of the savings made from reimbursements to Uganda by the UN for use of its military equipment and vehicles in Somalia under the AMISOM where the UPDF is deployed.

Decongesting government hospitals

During a tour of the project in February 2020, Chief of Defence Forces General David Muhoozi said that the ultra modern project is part of the efforts to decongest government hospitals like Bombo where most of the soldiers from Central Uganda receive healthcare.

A tour of the project in February 2020 when the project was 50% complete

Apart from treating Ugandan soldiers injured on foreign missions, the state-of-the art hospital will also treat civilians who are in need of medical care. Currently, Ugandan soldiers injured in Somalia are treated at the Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

The project is being implemented by the UPDF Engineering brigade. According to the Chief of Defence, the UPDF priorities are now directed at soldiers’ welfare. He further applauded all those he said have made the success of the project a reality including the Defence Ministry Permanent Secretary, Rosette Byengoma, Joint Chief of Staff, Lt.Gen. Joseph Musanyufu, the former chief of the UPDF Engineering Brigade, Maj.Gen. Sabiti Mutebile.

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Project team

Employer: Ministry of Defense & Veteran Affairs

Project managers: Stup consultants PVT ltd & Archtech consults (U) ltd

Contractor: China national aero technology international engineering corporationOn going text

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