Agago District Chairperson Leonard Ojok Opio says that they are working around the clock and engaging the Public Service Commission for an increment in the wage bill to allow them to recruit more staff. He says currently the district has a shortage of close to 500 teachers while the health sector alone requires about 100 staff considering that some health facilities will be elevated from Health Center II to Health Center III.
Dr Paska Apiyo disclosed with the spike in new cases, the unit is being operated by only eight personnel; 4 nurses, a medical doctor and a physician including two cleaners saying work volume has over stretched them.
Banabas Langoya, the District Education Officer DEO explains that up to 55 government aided primary schools out of 68 in the district did not record a single first grade. Up to 2,587 candidates sat for Primary Leaving Exams - PLE in 2018.
In their presentations to the education committee, the vice chancellors for Muni University, Busitema University, Gulu University, Mbarara University, Soroti University, Kabale University and Lira University all decried the alarming understaffing levels that fall way below the recommended 55.
Herbert Ssemuwemba, the Principal Kabulasoke Core PTC in Gomba District who also doubles as the chairperson of principals from central region, says that each year it is becoming difficult to run the college. Ssemuwemba says that the challenges facing the TPCs translate into poor quality output. He wants the government to allocate more funds if quality of education is to improve.
During the night, patients are expected to provide their own lighting if they can afford to buy kerosene for the lamps. In most cases, the MPs were informed by Dr. Okoth Obbo, the district health officer, that doctors work by phone torch light.