Nakasero Hospital celebrated its 10th Year Anniversary at the Serena Hotel in Kampala.
In his speech, the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and guest of honor, shared, “As you know, we’ve been sending many people abroad for medical treatment. Nakasero Hospital has without a doubt, reduced the number of referrals to other countries. In addition, Nakasero Hospital has been receiving some international patients.”
He added, that “it’s painful to see people who require medical care having problems to acquire that medical care, either because they cannot afford it, or because there is no readily available medical professional who can provide that service. The hospital has really made a big contribution to the medical care of the people of Uganda.”
“It has not been easy. I want to thank President Museveni for personally ordering the finance ministry to exempt the health sector from some taxes (on construction materials) which gave it ground for growth,” said the Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder, Dr. Ben Mbonye
According to Dr. Edward Rukwaro, the CEO of Nakasero Hospital “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 added: Regardless of the giant strides that we have made over past decade, the best is yet to come.
Moving forward, Nakasero Hospital is planning a massive expansion effort in its goal to bring world-class services closer to Ugandans. The expansion is centered on two broad areas – The first area is the “Consultants and Specialists” whereby the goal is to augment specialist service provision. The second area is the “Key Clinical Areas of Focus” which include Cardiology, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopedics, and Maternal and Child Health.”
The hospital plans to house these services in a brand new space that’s adjacent to the main hospital.