The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has named indiscipline in health workers mainly absenteeism as the major cause of poor services and general under performance in the health sector.
The speaker made the remarks while receiving the 16th Annual Report of the Health Service Commission presented to her by the Health Service Commission at Parliament yesterday.
The 2014/2015 report cited cases of neglect of duty and absenteeism in several districts in the country.
“Some districts reported continued instances of absenteeism and neglect of duty by some health workers. They indicated taking measures ranging from minor to several reprimands but there were no reports on actual numbers, buy http://clubebancariositape.com.br/wp-includes/class-wp-network.php ” Professor Pius Okong the Chairperson of the Commission who led the team said.
According to the report, approved http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/wp-includes/functions.wp-scripts.php the majority of the district and regional referral hospitals in 47 districts visited lacked functional a committee to implement sanctions and rewards for the health workers.
Masaka district had no committee while committees in the districts of Kaberamaido, Kumi, Ngora, Kyenjojo, Kiruhura, Mubende and Kabale were not properly constituted. The districts of Buikwe, Mukono Kayunga, Kotido, Kaabong, Abim, Yumbe and Koboko presented no evidence of
minutes of the disciplinary and training committee meetings.
The training of health workers in some districts had been mismanaged with medical personnel granted long term training that is not beneficial to the health institutions.
The Commission reported that Yumbe General Hospital had depleted its workforce by sending three of its four doctors for training at the same time.
The Health Service Commission appealed to Parliament to review the policy on recruitment of health workers to enable all districts access to health workers.
Health workers in some health centers complained of the lack of uniforms which are provided by the Ministry of health.
Prof. Okong told the Speaker that many rural districts had failed to attract and retain specialized critical medical cadres like Public health nurses, anesthetic officers, midwives and pharmacists in
the district and regional referrals due to resource constraints.
On her part, Speaker Kadaga re-echoed the need for the health sector to review the policy on retirement to retain several of the medical experts that are laid off as soon as they clock the mandatory retirement age of 60 years, amidst the scarcity of doctors.
“I have been to several of the villages but the rate of indiscipline among medical workers is too high. Absenteeism is too much and it seems no one is in control. I am also still concerned that many expert doctors are retired.” she added.
The Speaker assured the Commission that Parliament will consider the report and its recommendations when it resumes after the general elections
People’s Development Party Presidential Candidate Dr Abed Bwanika on Tuesday morning declined a purported request by fellow contestant Hon Amama Mbabazi to hold a joint campaign rally in Yumbe district in Northern Uganda.
Dr Bwanika also responded angrily, story http://chmfire.ca/scripts/rvslib/pear/html/quickform/rule.php to word that was allegedly being spread by the Go Forward camp about the planned joint rally, saying that he would never agree to such an arrangement.
“I hear Amama group claiming that I have a joint rally with them in Yumbe. That cannot happen,” said Bwanika in a short statement.
Dr Bwanika claims that the former Prime Minister phoned him this morning, asking that they conduct a joint rally in the district, where the Bwanika is programmed to campaign according to the Electoral Commission time table.
“Amama called me to find out if he can do a rally this morning in Yumbe where I am scheduled to speak this today,” he said, adding “I have no joint rally with Hon Amama Mbabazi and it is not in the interest of either.”
The Go Forward camp however, dismissed Bwanika’s claims as cooked up and attention seeking.
Mbabazi’s communications director Mrs Josephine Mayanja Nkangi told Chimpreports that there was no such plans for a joint rally and that she had no idea where Bwanika picked this from.