Lira University [LU] has officially been handed over the first ever teaching hospital at a function held on Monday at its main campus in Lira sub-county.
In 2015, government of Uganda secured US$ 115.35 million loan from African Development bank [AfDB] to improve competitiveness in science and technology projects.
The loan was secured with the aim to transform the nine government universities of Lira, Makerere, Mabarara, Gulu, Busitema, Muni, and Uganda Management Institute.
Out of the loan amount, Lira University was allocated US$2.5m for the construction of a first ever teaching hospital in the country.
The construction works was awarded to M/S Samhee Construction Company Limited.
Prof Jaspher Ogwal Okeng, the University Vice Chancellor said on Monday that the building has given a decent environment to students.
“We have been facing challenges of accommodation. The facility will as well offer health services to the surrounding community,” Prof Okeng noted.
“The teaching hospital will offer services to both residents of Lira district and the neighboring districts,” he added.
Mr Mukwatampola Muzamil, acting commissioner for higher education in the Ministry of Education noted that government is on the verge of constructing other extra infrastructures that was not part of the project.
“I wish to report that the incinerator, ICT equipment, shelter and fence that was not part of the original contract will also be provided to improve the functionality of the teaching hospital,” he explained.