Government is planning to recruit 2,400 health workers this financial year 201415, as part of the wider strategy to improve health service delivery in the country, Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said.
Dr Rugunda said Government will also ensure that health workers are made available by scaling up the pre-service education and training as well as providing incentives for attraction and retention of the medical staff in the service across the country.
The Premier made the remarks over the weekend at the closing ceremony of the Uganda Medical Association annual scientific conference at the Source of the Nile Hotel in Jinja.
“Government is committed to collaborating with you to improve health service delivery and also facilitate the attainment of a good standard of health care in the country,” Dr Rugunda said.
The Premier also said significant progress has been made in the remodeling and rehabilitation of health infrastructure, including supply of new equipment at various levels.
“Medicines and health supplies procurement and distribution have greatly improved.
According to the President of Uganda Medical Association, Dr. Nathan Kenya-Mugisha who also spoke at the conference, government should now focus on improving the remuneration and motivation of health workers.
The three day conference organized by the Uganda Medical Association as they marked 50 years of existence under the theme ‘Challenges in health care, the role of Leadership’ was also addressed by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daudi Migereko, LCV Chairperson for Jinja District, Fredrick Ngobi Gume and the Jinja Resident District Commissioner, Gulume Balyainho.
The conference addressed issues affecting health service delivery in the country such as medical ethics and professionalism, motivation of health workers for effective health service delivery and the current scientific trends and developments in medical practice among other areas.
According to the World Health Organisation, the recommended doctor-patient ratio in a developing country like Uganda is 1 doctor per 10,000 patients. However, currently, Uganda’s ratio stands at 1 doctor for 24,725 patients.
The finance minister Maria Kiwanuka while reading the 201415 budget speech said Shs1, 197.8billion was allocated to enable implementation of the Government priority programmes in the health sector and added that government will in the next financial year enhance health workers remuneration and improve their skills through capacity building.
“Health facility infrastructure at both local government and referral levels will also be expanded, in addition to the construction of additional staff houses in lower level health facilities to minimize on absenteeism,” she said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor