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Lift ban on recruitment of health works — Kadaga

PARLIAMENT | The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has reiterated calls to government to lift the ban on recruitment of health workers and physicians in public hospitals and health centres.

The Speaker made the call while presiding over the launch of the strategic plan for Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Adolescent Health by the Network of African Women Ministries and Parliamentarians (NAWMP).

In 2012, the government slapped a moratorium against recruitment in all ministries. The government cited financial constraints for the decision.

But Kadaga said that it is challenging that with the increased population growth in the country, government has still maintained the ban on recruitment.

“We still have a shortage of medical personnel and there is still a ban on the recruitment of health workers in the health sector which has been on for long,” Kadaga said.

Kadaga wondered why the ban would be maintained despite the growing populace that has given rise to demand for health workers. Uganda now has a population well over 40 million people.

“Who will treat these Ugandans, its meaningless for us to have inadequate staffing,” the Speaker said.

The Speaker as well expressed reservations with the government plan to removal health centre II’s.

“I have been in disagreement with the Ministry about the accessibility of health services and I am still opposed to the removal of health centre IIs and I don’t believe that everyone is with the radius of 5 kilometers to the health facility.”

She urged the NAWMP legislators to advocate for stay of the Health centre II’s because people should have easy access to medical care and facilities.

“Now women are required to go for antenatal checkup 8 times but they end up giving up and choose only to attend ounce due to the long distance involved in accessing the health facilities.”

NAWMP Chairperson, Uganda Chapter, Spellanza Baguma Muhenda empahised the need to recruit more health workers to leasern the burden on the few health workers in the country.

“The health workers are overburdened and this has led to inefficiency at work which has caused patients to bandone the health centres; as NAWMP, our role is going to be to advocate for the removal of the ban for recruitment and we shall go down to the lower administrative units to rally them advocate for the same,” Baguma said.

“We are also looking at the issue of the National Insurance scheme, we hope by the end of the Financial, it will be passed so as to address the several health challenges that the country is faced with,” She added.

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