By Kitts D.Mabonga
In a bid to increase the penetration of insurance cover services in the country especially the new healthcare sector,the government has embarked on journey to identify sector players to help explore this area.
And the first opportunity has been offered to St.Catherine hospital Nakasero who have been tasked to offer specialist healthcare insurance services to the family members of Ugandans working abroad.
The development has been disclosed by the executive director Insurance regulatory authority (IRA) hajji Ibrahim Kaddunabi Lubega in Kampala recently who confirmed that his body in partnership with president’s office in charge of diaspora affairs has picked St.Catherine hospital to bridge the diaspora gap.
“As government we looked at avenues of trying to promote and encourage more Ugandans to appreciate and embrace the use of insurance services particularly healthcare because it is cheap and affordable and that is why we picked on this hospital to help in bridging this gap”,notedKaddunabi.
He congratulated this hospital for the opportunity saying now Ugandans working in foreign countries do have space to buy healthcare insurance cover services for their family members back at home by just making minimal funds remittances to the hospital and prompt medical services are extended to those beneficiaries.
The hospital public relations officer Omutu Lawrence welcomed the gesture extended to their facility saying it was outright confidence from government that they are offering high quality healthcare services to the general population.
“Its a pleasure that we have been offered this responsibility to serve our people and we promise to offer the best services to the population because they have capacity to deliver “noted Omutu.
The hospital operations manager WanduluLuutu said their 52 bed capacity facility would do all best to cater for the new assignment from government.