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Fears raised about cost of PPP hospital in Uganda

The Uganda Debt Network has raised concerns about the financing of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) hospital at Lubowa just outside Kampala. The hospital is to be built and operated for ten years by a consortium including Finasi of Italy and ROKO Construction Limited of Uganda.

Source: Jubilee Debt Campaign UK

Lubowa hospital: Uganda should learn from the Lesotho experience

Salima Namusobya, executive director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), says Uganda should learn from the Lesotho experience before implementing the public private partnership (PPP) for the International Specialised Hospital of Uganda (ISHU) at Lubowa. “It is, therefore, very likely that the government will spend taxpayers’ money on debt repayment for a hospital that will serve a small number of people, yet the Shs1.3 trillion shillings would go a long way in improving the public healthcare system in the country. The money could, for example, also go towards improving the Uganda Cancer and Heart Institutes at the Mulago National Referral Hospital. It is not too late for Uganda to learn from the Lesotho experience and drop this PPP that is coming at a very high cost to the public.”

Source: Daily Monitor

When Electricity Means Life

Primah Kwagala of the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development in Uganda writes that health facilities should not be targeted by privatised energy providers. “When Uganda’s privatized electricity supplier shuts off power to hospitals, the results are catastrophic. In 2012, 150 babies on oxygen concentrators at a hospital in Jinja died after utility company UMEME Uganda Limited turned off the electricity with no prior notice. In 2015, Kiboga District Hospital was without power for over a month. UMEME disconnected the supply because the government of Uganda had not paid the bill of over 100 million Uganda Shillings (US$26,600). The utility has a right to be paid for the services it provides. But when it comes to hospitals, the consequences are too grave for such hard and fast rules.”

Source: allAfrica.com