Construction of the Uganda Heart Institute in pipeline – Parliamentary Health Committee Involved.

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A delegation of the parliamentary health committee had a site visit to the proposed home of the Uganda Heart Institute in Naguru.

During this visit, the delegation was informed that the institute had acquired ten acres of land where they intend to construct a 70million US Dollar heart institute to cater for cardiovascular treatment and open-heart surgeries.

However the executive director of the institute Dr.John Omagino raised concern about Tendo investments who have remained a stumbling block in the progress of the construction by failing to vacate part of the ten acre land set aside to construct a multimillion Uganda Heart Institute.

“There is a group called Tendo investments who came and constructed a wall and placed a container on one acre and we want land commission and the ministry of finance to help us sort it out” Dr.John Omagino said.

In response the parliamentary health committee led by Charles Ayume promised support to the institute in order to reduce on costs for open heart surgeries abroad.

“As a committee we are exercising our constitution mandate to come and oversee and ascertain whether these 10 acres of land exist and we are very happy that it exists apart from a few boundary issues which the government should be able to sort out together with land commission because this is something important and it is going to benefit Ugandans for generations to come. This facility will free us from medical tourism abroad. But most significantly, any one among us can become a patient, and so we shall require these facilities,” said Dr Ayume during the tour.

They committee has pledged to push the matter to the flow of parliament but however appealed to KCCA to put up clear roads and improve drainage in this area.

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