MoH Warns: Corrupt, Negligent Health Workers to Face Jail

The Director of Health Sevices in the Ministry of Health Dr. Anthony Mbonye has cautioned health workers against mismanagement of resources and negligency on duty which go against their cardinal responsibility. He mentioned that there has previously been cases of mishandling patients resulting into deaths warning that responsible medics will be apprehended.

Dr. Mbonye was speaking to the press on Tuesday on the sidelines of a one day conference at Hotel Africana which brought together medical supretendents, visit this Directors and District health officials to discuss governance and improving labaratory services.

“The purpose of this meeting is to among others address issues of poor management that occurs in health facilities. And this includes poor time management – health workers reporting late for work, cheapest putting equipment and financial resources to good use so as to boost efficiency,” Dr. Mbonye asserted.

“Corurption in health facilities gives us a bad name and it is unacceptable because these services are meant to be free. Health workers have a responsibility and must be accountable.”

He mentioned that the Ministry has introduced maternal death audits as an avenue to investigate cases of unnecessary deaths of mothers during delivery. “Those who will be found to have resulted from negligency, medics will be apprehended.”

Nevertheless, Dr. Mbonye admits that several shortcomings continue to hinder the effective delivery of health services among them; poor renumeration of staff, inadequate accomodation and lack of promotions and career development. The combination of these challenges demoralized health workers consequently affecting their delivery.

The same inadequacies could make Uganda’s efforts to meet the UNAIDs 90-90-90 target by 2020 far from achievable. The ambitious target is to have 90 percent of all HIV infected persons know their status, 90 percent of all those diagnosed with HIV receive sustained Anti-retroviral therapy (ARVs) and 90 percent of all those receiving ARVs have viral suppression.

Tuesday’s discussion emphasized need for quality laboratories to facilitate tests and supporting them to improve quality of services offered to patients. Most health centres however still lack capacity to carry out tests citing absence of equipment and poor supply of drugs by National Medical Stores (NMS).


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