BY UGANDA VANGUARD
KAMPALA – Construction of Arua main market and the renovation of Yumbe and Kayunga Referral Hospitals are in advanced stages expected to be commissioned in June. According to Mr. Joel Aita, chief executive officer, Joadah Consult, the firm overseeing the construction of the three projects, President Yoweri Museveni is expected to preside over their opening.
“We have delivered the three projects government entrusted us with. It is now time for the public to make use of them to create more wealth and live healthy,” he said during a guided tour of the projects.
The constructions which started in February 2018 and were slightly interrupted by heavy rains but Mr Aita said the lost time has been compensated.
The market has 4000 stalls while the two hospitals have over 450 bed capacity.
At least US$37 million (about Shs133 billion) was earmarked for expansion and renovation of Kayunga and Yumbe hospitals.
The construction works are being supported by the government, Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) and OPED fund for International Development (OFID).
Speaking during the signing of the civil works contracts at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala, the permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine, said part of the funds will be used to purchase medical equipment and furniture.
Among the departments to be expanded include emergency and accident services, outpatient department maternity and obstetric services, in addition construction of new staff quarters.
Atwine said rehabilitation of the hospitals will address challenges in maternal and child health departments and, therefore, reduce maternal and child mortality rates.
She urged the contractors to carry out the work diligently and within the prescribed time.
Shs urged contractors to desist from corruption.
The Shs34.9 billion Arua main market is being constructed by Sadeem Al-Kuwait and Dott services
The market when complete is to have bulk storage facility, day care centre, meeting and conference room, CCTV cameras and public address system among others.
To solve the erratic power outage problems in the area, all lighting in the market will be generated from the solar energy system which will be mounted on top of the structures.
The construction of the Arua market is being funded through the USD 84.21million loan from the African Development Bank under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program Project (MATIP-2).
BY UGANDA VANGUARD