The Iran-Uganda Medical Center has opened in Kampala. The specialized medical facility was built through partnership between Uganda and Iranian government.
The two governments signed a memorandum of understanding to construct the medical center in 2007, but work took longer than expected because of the sanctions on Iran.
The medical facility, which is found in Naguru suburbs of Kampala, is run by Islamic Physician Without Boarders. The facility will also receive medical experts from Iran and other gulf countries.
Police officers and members of their families will receive treatment at the facility a 50 percent discount. President, Yoweri Museveni, who commissioned the medical facility on Thursday morning, said “this is part of the continuous process to better the welfare of police personnel and their families”.
He hailed the Iranian government for the gesture. “I want to start by thanking the Islamic Republic of Iran for this gift of a high tech healthy center; it will help deal with health issues of the police personnel, and other people outside the Force,” he said.
Museveni also thanked the Islamic Movement that brought Iran closer to Africa than was the case before and pledged more cooperation with countries in the Gulf. Speaking at the same event, the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Mohammed Zavad Zarif thanked Museveni for accepting to commission the first phase of continued cooperation between Uganda and Iran.
“We hope that this medical center which represents the best of Iranian technology will be the beginning of brand cooperation.” He added that “future cooperation will be in the areas of Oil and Gas, Science and Technology, Banking and Investment opportunities.”
The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said “This is the first facility, with the best medical technology, as well as medical personnel in Uganda and we are proud that it’s the Uganda Police Force hosting such a great facility.” The medical facility sits on a piece of land belonging to Uganda Police Force.
He said they are ready to embark on the second phase of the medical center. “The next in line in the memorandum of understanding with Islamic Republic of Iran, will be construction of a 500 bed hospital,” he said.