The Ministry of Health is set to take over ownership of Kiruddu and Kawempe referral hospitals from Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) after the renovations at Mulago National Referral Hospital are completed, Daily Monitor has learnt.
The plan, which is currently in its advanced stages, will see KCCA remain with a few health centre IVs such as Kiswa, Kitebi, Kawaala and Kisenyi once Cabinet approves the takeover by the Health ministry.
Kawempe and Kiruddu hospitals, previously health centre IVs under KCCA, were upgraded to referral hospitals, with funding from African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF).
In an interview with this newspaper on Monday, Health ministry permanent secretary Diana Atwine confirmed a plan to have the two hospitals overseen by her ministry.
“We are going to take over Kawempe and Kiruddu hospitals but Cabinet will first discuss the matter before final decision is taken on the matter,” she said.
The Kampala-based health facilities are currently being used as satellite hospitals of Mualgo hospital currently under refurbishment.
However, the KCCA spokesperson, Mr Peter Kaujju, yesterday denied knowledge of the takeover of the two facilities.
“We signed an agreement with Ministry of Health allowing them to use our buildings since Mulago was up for renovation,” Mr Kaujju said.