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YUMBE: The Ministry of Health has started a shs74billion project to rehabilitate and expand Yumbe General Hospital.

The funds were secured by the government of Uganda as a loan from World Bank. The two-year project whose real groundwork commences on February 10, 2018, was awarded to Sadeem Al Kuwait, a Kuwait based Construction Company.

While handing over the site to the contractor at the hospital premises in Kuru Sub County, Yumbe district, Sam Mawanda, who represented the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health, said the project will be closely supervised by technical officials from his Ministry.

He observed that upon completion, the new complex hospital will have three labor wards, three theatres, special unit for children and a special provision to handle emergencies and accidents.

Mawanda used the opportunity to call upon Yumbe district officials to support the project by cooperating with the contractor.

Godfrey Onzima, the area Member of Parliament (MP), however, warned the contractor on corruption ahead of the commencement of the work, saying once money meant for the project is diverted to individual pockets, it is bound to stall. Onzima pledged to engage other district officials in supervising the project so as to ensure its successful completion.

On behalf of the contractor, Jaffer Joel Aita, the Project Consultant, assured Ugandans of quality work.

He encouraged the local community to own the project and also take up chances of employment at the site.

Aita also warned the project employees on misbehavior, saying no amount of indiscipline will be tolerated at the site.

The Yumbe General Hospital rehabilitation and expansion project has been long over-due considering the dilapidated state of the health facility constructed in the 1960s without any major face-lift since then.