The Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has commended Nakasero Hospital for the role it has played in Uganda’s health sector, which includes reducing on the number of referrals to other countries and receiving international patients.
“I congratulated the hospital for being attractive enough to bring high quality health services in Uganda, we’ve been sending many people abroad for medical treatment but the number is drastically reducing the hospital has really made a big contribution to the medical care of the people of Uganda,” said Rugunda.
Speaking at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the hospital, Rugunda, said it was painful to see people who require medical care having problems to acquire it, either because they cannot afford it, or because there is no readily available medical professional who can provide that service.
Jane Ruth Acheng, the Minister of Health, appreciated the management of the hospital, saying they have done good work in complementing the government and ensuring quality services.
“I will not lie, I have also been a beneficiary of services there. I have had a number of consultations, even with the chair himself,” she said.
The Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder, Dr. Ben Mbonye, lauded those who have been part of the journey.
“It has not been easy. The hospital business is a different is different because there is an element of human life which surpasses profitability. We thank our partners, stakeholders and our patients for believing in us. I want to thank President Museveni for personally ordering the finance ministry to exempt the health sector from some taxes which gave it ground for growth,” he said.
Dr. Edward Rukwaro, the CEO of the hospital, shared his gratitude as well, “Ten years is quite a milestone. It’s not an easy thing for a hospital, starting from scratch to grow to the satisfaction of its community and shareholders within ten years,” he said.
“We appreciate all our clients, partners, insurance companies, suppliers, and our dedicated staff. Next, I want to thank our management team, the founders and Board of Directors, whose relentless pursuit of excellence has made ours one of the best hospitals on this beloved continent,” he said.
“Regardless of the giant strides that we have made over the last ten years, I know that the best is yet to come. I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you.”
The management of the hospital is planning a massive expansion aimed at bringing world-class services closer to Ugandans. “The expansion is centered on two broad areas one of them being recruiting consultants and specialists with the consultants expected to augment specialist service provision.
The second area included key clinical areas of focus which include Cardiology, minimally invasive Surgery, orthopedics, and maternal and child health.