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Cabinet call for construction of heart hospital

14 November 2014, 15:43 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Following reports that the government spends billions of shillings every year to treat Ugandans suffering from heart diseases abroad because there are no hospitals that can handle heart surgeries locally, cabinet now wants an independent heart hospital constructed in Uganda.

The Information Minister, Rosemary Namayanja, has told journalists at media centre in Kampala that the resolution comes at a time when the government is concerned with extending better and modern health facilities to citizens.

Namayanja said, ''The heart treatment facility will be fully equipped with modern equipment to offer specialised heart treatment and surgery. It will be with capacity to complete works and services offered by both the heart and cancer institutes.''

The hospital will be located at Lubowa along Entebbe Road, about 15 kms from Kampala.

According to the Minister, it will also offer health services to patients of non-communicable diseases such as cancer among others with an aim of reducing costs incurred while seeking for treatment.

Each year, about 100 heart patients are flown abroad for heart surgery. Most of them are taken to hospitals in India although a few go to UK, German and USA.

''We appreciate the cabinet for coming up with such a resolution. It will save tax payers money,'' said veteran politician, Alex Ochan.

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