Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence in Healthcare Delivery
On the warm evening of June 5th 2019, Nakasero Hospital celebrated its 10th Anniversary. It was an evening of colour and glamour as colleagues and friends came together to wine, dine and share stories of their ten-year journey. The evening featured high profile figures including, including Ruhakana Rugunda, the Prime Minister (guest of honour) and Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health.
The goal of the dinner was to honour and give back to the community that has supported the hospital over the past ten years. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and co-founder, Dr. Ben Mbonye, shared his heartfelt appreciation for everyone who shared and supported the Hospital’s vision.
“It has not been easy. The hospital business is a 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 (on construction materials) which gave it ground for growth,” he shared.
The Chairman’s speech was complemented by Dr. Edward Rukwaro, the CEO of Nakasero Hospital, who shared his gratefulness as well.
“We want to thank our community for the support they’ve given us throughout this journey. It has been an exciting journey. Like any journey, there’s been ups and downs, but I think, by and large, we can say we’ve had positive engagement and a positive outcome for all stakeholders involved.
The prime minister and guest of honour shared his confidence and congratulations.
“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. My colleagues and I came here to express solidarity with Nakasero Hospital. And also to congratulate Nakasero Hospital for being attractive enough to bring high-quality investors in the health sector of Uganda.
“I think in the ten years of Nakasero, the hospital has really made a big contribution to the medical care of the people of Uganda,” he said.
The Minister of Health, Aceng added: “On behalf of the Ministry of Health, I want to appreciate the good work Nakasero Hospital has been doing, giving services to the community to complement the government and also ensuring that we receive quality services.”