Kadaga Wants Medical Services Taken Closer To People


case sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Addressing the 27th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU) on Friday, drug Kadaga noted that although Uganda had recorded a slight improvement in the health sector, the public still need the services closer.

“We need to improve access to medical services especially for mothers. Many of them travel very long distances to access services and their attendants spend several days away from work. We must decentralise more to have health services within reach,” the Speaker told medical professionals.

She also announced that Parliament had tasked the minister for health to present an annual report on the state of maternal and child health.

Kadaga noted that the Parliament of Uganda is committed to enhancing the budget for health service delivery to match proposals in the Abuja declaration that proposed the budgetary allocation to the health sector should be at least 15 percent of the national budgets.

“As Parliament we have tasked ministries and government departments to present budgets and policies that comply with the human rights checklist, which also includes access to medical services,” she said.

Dr. Lomano Byaruhanga the President AOGU also expressed concern over the current maternal mortality rate that stands at 16 mothers per day.

He attributed the high rates to inadequate access and use of contraceptives, teenage pregnancies, and lack of access to skilled health care.

Although the maternal mortality ratio for Uganda has dropped over the last 24 years, the rate of change is not enough for the country to attain the MDG targets according to the medics.

Only about 57 per cent of women deliver in health facilities while 36 per cent of the health center IVs can provide adequate services.

Medical professionals at the Conference appealed to government to ensure an increase in the number of health workers across the country.

Conference participants recommitted themselves to revitalizing access, utilization and quality of sexual reproductive health and rights.

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