Police Force’s Referral Hospital Delayed Due to Funding Shortage

The deputy IGP inspect police ambulance drivers. PHOTO.COURTESY

The construction of the much-needed referral hospital for the police force in Nsambya has been delayed due to a lack of funds, as stated by the authorities. AIGP Dr. Moses Byaruhanga, the Director of Health Services in the Uganda Police Force, revealed that all necessary processes for the hospital’s construction were completed, including the submission of paperwork for approval by KCCA. However, the major hurdle remains the budget constraint.

During a recent visit by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi, to the facilities of the Police Directorate of Health Services in Nsambya barracks, AIGP Dr. Byaruhanga explained that the idea for the referral hospital was conceived several years ago, and land was identified for its construction. Unfortunately, the current economic situation lacks sufficient resources for capital development.

AIGP Dr. Byaruhanga highlighted the importance of having a dedicated hospital for the police force. Currently, the force incurs substantial expenses by treating its officers at other medical facilities, which could be more cost-effective if done at their own hospital. He emphasized that a dedicated police hospital would streamline patient coordination and provide top-notch medical care similar to the best hospitals in other parts of the world.

The lack of funding has also impacted the expansion of police health services across the country. Despite running 98 facilities and employing 717 staff, including 17 doctors, the directorate faces challenges in fully implementing their ideas and meeting the demands of the public. The limited police budget allocated to the National Medical Stores has hindered broader service coverage, and inadequate transport has also been a persistent issue.

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In response to the funding constraints, Maj Gen Geoffrey Tumusiime Katsigazi asserted that prioritization is essential, as there will never be enough funds to fulfill all requirements. While addressing accommodation and other needs, he praised the staff of the Police Health Services for their diligent service to the country.

The top officials expressed their vision and determination to establish the referral hospital despite the current challenges, with hopes that future improvements in the economy will lead to the allocation of resources in the right direction. The establishment of the hospital is seen as a potential game-changer, attracting not only police officers but also leaders and members of the public to trust in their healthcare services.

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