The founder and director of the ten million dollar Victoria Medical Center Hospital (UMC: Victoria Hospital), located near Government's Mulago National Referral Hospital, has been looking for public private partnerships with Italian hospitals and medical fraternity. Dr Chirag Kotecha has set up a 100-bed medical facility offering first class health care in Uganda. Accompanied by Dr Anurag Shah, he carried out a one-week long visit to teaching hospitals and other similar health facilities in southern Italy. He also met suppliers of medical equipment and furniture including delivery and operating beds, theaters, tables, etc. Ambassador Dr Mumtaz Kassam, Deputy Head of Mission, Rome accompanied the medical duo to Salerno, where the team visited.
Victoria Hospital is expanding its medical portfolio having recently acquired KADIC Hospital in Bukoto. Dr. Chirag Kotecha, founder and director of this private medical facility looks forward to providing Ugandans with affordable medical care. Due to the specialist health care lines soon-to-be-opened medical facility offers, Ugandans will be saved from the expensive medical tourism packages they pay to acquire treatment abroad.
The ultra-modern facility will provide intensive care services for both adults and children of all ages. The hospital will feature trauma and emergency departments, cardiology services, including the first private cardiac catheterization lab and; three state-of-the-art stainless steel operating theaters for advanced orthopedic surgery. In addition, there will be a dedicated mother and child unit aimed at providing superior medical care thus reducing Uganda's high maternal and infant mortality rates.
Looking for hard technologies for their units, the team met a number of suppliers of medical technologies including CT scans, ultra-sound equipment, x-ray and dialysis equipment. During their tour, the team visited Villa Maione, a 50-bed medical facility specializing in obstetrics and gynecology; where they saw many of such machines in use. They also met sales representatives of these equipment and discussed possibilities of acquiring such technologies for their health facility in Uganda. Apart from hard technology, soft technology transfer consisting of capacity-building in all medical areas offered in Victoria Medical Center was brought out. This was warmly welcomed by Italian medical personnel who offered training places for medical cadres in hospitals in Naples and southern Italy.