Monthly Archives: June 2015

Midwives critical in improving maternal, child health – Mrs Museveni
10 Jun

Midwives critical in improving maternal, child health – Mrs Museveni

The First Lady, Mrs Janet Museveni has launched the midwives4all campaign in Uganda and applauded the Swedish Government for highlighting the role of midwives in reducing maternal and child deaths.

The six-week global campaign is an initiative of the Swedish Foreign Ministry for Affairs to mobilise communities, influence policy makers and attract young people to join midwifery in countries with a heavy burden of maternal and newborn mortality.

Uganda is one of seven embassies of Sweden that are participating in the ‘midwives4all’ campaign.

The Ambassador of Sweden to Uganda, Urban Andersson said the purpose of the campaign was to spark greater discussion on the benefits of investing in the midwifery workforce.

“Expanding the ranks of well-trained midwives, working alongside other health professionals, could save thousands of lives every year,” the envoy stated.

Gov’t to halt export of health workers to Trinidad
10 Jun

Gov’t to halt export of health workers to Trinidad

Government has halted the exportation of health workers to Trinidad and Tobago. Health minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye learnt that, over 60 percent of the shortlisted health workers were working in government health facilities.

Speaking during the commissioning of a new Children’s theatre at China Uganda Friendship hospital Naguru on Saturday, Tumwesigye said about 160 vacancies of specialists in different fields in the country are not filled.

“We cannot allow the exportation of health workers in the current form; it is not a good practice. We are discussing with the ministry of labour to review this and also look at the mode of employment and find a possibility of getting retired health workers or those who are not yet employed,” the minister said.

He said government is to create the working condition for health workers to ensure that they stay at their work stations.
Recently the MPs directed the ministers of health and foreign affairs to halt a plan to export over 1000 health workers to Trinidad and Tobago, pending an assessment of the total workforce in the country.

Among those required are 15 physicians, 20 psychologists, 20 radiologists, 15 paediatrics, 9 Ear Nose and Throat specialists, 4 anaethiastics, Ophthalmologists, 4 pathologists, 15 surgeons, eurologiststs, 15 orthopaedics, 15 gynaecologistst, 20 nursing officers and 100 registered midwives.

Government to recruit 3,000 health workers
10 Jun

Government to recruit 3,000 health workers

GOVERNMENT is to recruit 3,000 health workers in the next financial year to improve health service delivery in the country, the state minister for health Dr. Chris Baryomunsi has said.

“In the next financial year 2015/2016, government plans to recruit an additional 3,000 health workers. These include; anesthetists, medical doctors, nurses, midwives and surgeons, targeting critical cadres to offer maternal and child health, anesthetists’ services in health centers III and IV countrywide.” Baryomunsi added.

He explained that in 2013 government advertised for 10, 231 vacancies but got 7,200 applications leaving a shortage of over 3,000 workers.

Baryomunsi was appearing before the House committee on health to present the ministry’s budget estimates for the next fiscal year.

He pointed out that most medics in Uganda shun the anesthetists’ professional because they are underpaid. However, he did not disclose what the anesthetists earn.

“Uganda has few anesthesiologists, government needs to consider raising their pay, or they will search for greener pastures in other countries.” he said.

An anesthesiologist is responsible for the preoperative assessment of the patient, an evaluation process that carefully considers both the patient’s current state of health and the planned surgical procedure that allows physician to make judgments about the safest anesthesia plan for each individual patient.

In the next fiscal yaer, the health ministry has been allocated sh519b, the National Medical Stores sh218.b, while district primary health was allocated sh293b among other sectors.

Omona said depending on the availability of the funds, government may fund the health sector more but after funding the propriety areas.

Health minister Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye said government also plans to construct a specialized maternal and neonatal unit at Mulago Hospital at a cost of $24m (about sh72b) funded by the International Development Bank.

Construction is expected to commence in May 2015.

Tumwesigye revealed that government in the next financial year plans to rehabilitate 20 referral hospitals that include: Adjuman, Kitgum, Kabarole, Kiboga, Kapchorwa, Kamwenge, Paluisa, Itojo, Kitagata, Bugiri, Atutur , Apac, Abim, Bundibugyo, Kaberamaido and Masindi.

Tumwesigye explained that apparently under the World Bank loan, renovations of hospitals including Moroto, Miyana, Nakaseke, Kiryandongo, Nebbi , Anaka, Moyo, Entebbe grade A and B and Iganga are ongoing.

He also said that under the support from the Italian government, government will construct 69m housing units for health workers in the Karamoja region.