Health Budget: M7 To Address Media On Standoff With Parliament

buy more about geneva;”>Museveni will reveal his own convictions about the confrontation that has paralyzed government and delayed the passing of the budget.

viagra 100mg prescription geneva;”>Chimpreports last week reported that Uganda legislators had locked horns with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi and Museveni during a debate over the state of the country’s health sector.

MPs have demanded government to cut funding to Uganda Bureau of Standards, Defence and Electoral Commission to raise Shs260bn for the limping health sector.

The MPs further threatened to block the passing of the budget if the Executive fell short of heeding their calls, arguing the health sector was in urgent need of funds to recruit 6,000 more health workers and also motivate them by a 50% salary increment.

The Budget committee had called for budget cuts and prioritization in expenditure this financial year.

But Museveni has failed to convince NRM legislators, who form majority in the house, to pass the budget.

Matters were worsened last week when the President blasted NRM legislators for sabotaging government operations.

Museveni told off NRM legislators that it was very bad to paralyse the functions of government, warning such misconduct sends the wrong signal to the public and the investors as if there was a crisis in the country.

He protested the method of work of the Budget Committee of Parliament saying last minute approaches are wrong and will cause more problems for the country instead of promoting development.

“Consultation on the budget with Parliament starts in the month of February. That is where consensus is generated. Since it is the primary function of the President who is mandated to be the prime mover of development, it is not correct to bring in last minute ambushes in the budget processes,” said Museveni.

“The practice in the Commonwealth is that when the Parliament is not happy with the budget, they make a one pound cut as a symbolic gesture to the Executive that they are not happy with the budget but pass the budget,” he said.

“This is because it is very bad to paralyze the functions of the Government. It also sends wrong signals to the public and to the investors as if there is a crisis in the country. This is not good when it comes to attracting investments. Besides, the majority of the members in Parliament and on all the committees are NRM members.”

He further noted: “If there is, indeed, any big problem with the budget, why not call for an NRM caucus instead of going to the open House with contradictory positions?” wondered the President.

The President said the move to paralyze the budget on account of the health efforts may not be justified or, if it is justified, it needs more in-depth study which cannot be done in a few days.

He said NRM initiated immunization for the six killer diseases including whooping cough, diphtheria, tetanus, tuberculosis, measles and polio.

More recently, it has added hepatitis B, meningitis, cervical cancer by immunizing against HPV (Human Papilloma virus), Pneumonia and Diarrhea (Rota virus).

“This is why infant mortality rate declined from 120 per 1,000 live births in 1986 to 54 per 1,000 live births today. This is shown in the growth of the population of Uganda to 34 million people from a mere 14 million people in 1986,” he said.

Museveni lectured MPs that in 1986, the total number of hospitals including both private and NGO hospitals was 120 and 171 dispensaries.

“We now have a total of 152 district hospitals (both public and private), 193 health centre IVs and 1,279 health centre IIIs.”

The Minister of Health Dr. Christine Ondoa proposed that taxes on tobacco and alcohol be imposed and proposed a Health fund like it was with the energy fund, but added that the issue is still a proposal.

Museveni made it clear that he would not allow anybody to “deduct even a single coin” from the Defence Ministry, saying such a move would jeopardize the state’s security.


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