Christine Nanziri, who presented a report on behalf of the group, noted that the situation is alarming all over the country. She explained that in some facilities, the health workers show up only twice or thrice a week while other health facilities are always under lock and key leaving patients stranded.
Dr. Gelvase Twine, the in-Charge of Shuuku Health Centre IV shares his house with four other health workers, including a female staff. Three male health workers occupy the bed room while the other sleeps in the garage.
But according to the MPs, the expatriates have set conditions that would facilitate their return home. They want Government to invest in modern hospital equipment, set up specialized units and revise medical workers remuneration.
Patients claim that they are charged between 10,000 and 50,000 shillings by the medical workers before getting attention. The most affected are those admitted in the casualty, maternity wards and those requiring simple operations at Kamuli hospital.
The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC), has today been petitioned to suspend the practicing license of Dr Christopher Bingi for having failed to adhere to its code of ethics that led to the death of a pregnant woman, Florence Nakamya and her baby, in Mukono District.
MP Rose Mary Nyakikongolo, the Vice Chairperson of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA), said that whether a midwife is male or female they can all attend to pregnant women. She cited that even most gynaecologists are male doctors and they do attend to pregnant women. To discourage males attending midwifery courses in the country would only increase on the unemployment problem.
More than 170 Intern Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses and Dentists at Mulago Hospital on Thursday went on a sit-down strike protesting the failure by the hospital management and the Ministry of Health to pay their food and accommodation allowances for the last four months.