Over 35 Districts Don’t Have Government Hospitals

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The
Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has revealed that Over 35 districts in
Uganda don’t have government hospitals.

She
also said that the estimated cost per hospital for construction, human
resources medicine and medical equipment is Shs31.3 billion.

She
said all this while presenting a report on the state of health service delivery
in Uganda before parliament.

Dr
Aceng stated that apparently there is a gap of 219 clinical specialists and 550
support cadres at the mentioned levels that urgently need to be fixed for
service delivery.

Dr
Aceng told parliament that a total of 39 districts don not have government
hospitals which is a big threat and challenge for the people in those areas to
access health services.

The
affected 39 districts which do not have any hospitals at all are Alebtong,
Amuria, Amuru, Bukedea, Bukomansimbi, Bulambuli, Buvuma, Buyende, Dokolo,
Gomba, lsingiro, Kalangala, Kaliro, Kamwenge, Kibuku, Koboko, Kole, Kotido,
Kween, Kyankwanzi, Kyegegwa, Luuka, Lamwo, Lwengo, Manafwa, Mitoma,
Nakapiripirit, Namutumba, Namayingo, Ntoroko, Otuke, Pader, Rubirizi, Serere,
Sironko, Kibale, Kakumiro, Rubanda and Omoro.

 “The population of most of these districts
does not meet the recommended catchment population for a general hospital
except lsingiro, Amuria and Serere,” she noted

Apparently,
Uganda has six national referral hospitals including Kawempe, Kiruddu, Naguru,
Upper Mulago and Butabika specializing in different aspects.

She
added that once funds are availed, the districts which are not in good
condition will be given priority.

She
further noted that whereas plans are underway to review structural constrains
affecting lower health facilities and regional referral hospitals, government
needs to enhance salaries of medical personal in order to attract and retain
them.

She
further called for the enhanced health funding saying that currently the money
allocated for the purchase of medicine and the related supplies are not rimming
with the increasing population.

She
added that the total number of qualified medical personal has drastically
increased from 90,412 to 101350

She
further stated that some of those districts need special attention because of
their climatic and geographical condition.



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