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Minister Urges Nurses Not To Quit

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“It is true that being a nurse is one of the least lucrative ventures in East Africa today and hence being attracted to this field would largely be compassion-driven,” he said.

Out of the 165 graduands passed out, 45 were males, of whom the minister urged not to give up on their carriers to join bodaboda riding and other business having realized the unprofitable nature of nursing.

Minister Muyingo also urged the nurses not to desist from rendering their services to rural sections of the country which currently hold up to 80 percent of the total population of Ugandans riddled with scores of preventable diseases.

Speaking at the occasion was Kampala University Vice Chancellor Prof Badru Kateregga who also highlighted the non-profitable nature of running such a nursing training institution.

“An average student pays 2.4 million for a complete nursing course yet the total cost of actual training unit goes up to 7.5 million – four times higher than the fees charged.”

“This implies that the institution bears such an enormous burden of subsiding students studies almost by 76%, yet government continues to categorize us as profit making private institution, which scares off potential charity funding from donors.”

Prof. Kateregga also called upon government to assist them in the construction of a training hospital in which nursing practical classes would be conducted.

The University, he said, for the last 8 years has been outsourcing the services, by transporting students to Rubaga hospital, Butabika, Mbale and Jinja referral hospitals as well as KCC Health centers.

In Uganda today, the ratio of such medical practitioners to patients currently stands at 6:100,000 as opposed the United Nations and WHO’s recommended 2.5:1000.

Minister Muyingo pledged full intervention to the calls as part of government’s mandate to extend health care services as close as possible to every Ugandan.

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