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Consultants to Draft Health Worker Migration Bill Named :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Consultants to Draft Health Worker Migration Bill Named

Tom Kulumba, a Projects Manager Health Systems Advocacy at AMREF Health Africa, an International NGO that’s financing the drafting of the bill says that they together with the Ministry of Health contracted two lawyers Primah Kwagala and Ronald Magagga to be consultants on the bill whose drafting starts next week.

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Two consultants to help draft the Health Worker Migration Bill has been identified.

The Bill seeks to harmonize human resources for health including migration of health workers, in-country posting and their remuneration.

Tom Kulumba, a Projects Manager Health Systems Advocacy at AMREF Health Africa, an International NGO that’s financing the drafting of the bill says that they together with the Ministry of Health contracted two lawyers Primah Kwagala and Ronald Magagga to be consultants on the bill whose drafting starts next week.

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He said they are taking lessons from countries where legislation have helped in harmonizing human resources for health especially in terms of stability. 

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According to Kulumba, health workers just like other workers have a right to work anywhere they want and that they can’t be restricted to work in a certain area or country.

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The bill comes at the time when health workers are advocating to be posted whereas those that have jobs are advocating for better working conditions and appropriate work tools.

Only recently, the President of the Uganda Medical Association, Dr Ekwaro Obuku warned government that health workers will soon start looking for greener pastures abroad if they cannot be well facilitated.

However, when doctors speak of leaving, it becomes a matter of controversy considering the fact that the country has worrying health worker to patient ratios for both nurses and doctors.

The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council Registrar Dr Ssentongo Katumba says government cannot employ all the over 500 doctors that graduate each year. He explains that it is more beneficial for health workers to be allowed to find employment wherever they can than leaving them jobless in the country.

He also supports the Bill, saying that it will offer direction on how the country can benefit when they export human resource.

Katumba says many health workers even those already on government payroll sneak to other countries like South Sudan to work at the expense of offering services here.       

According to the Minister of Health Dr Ruth Aceng, in six months the country has lost over 200 specialists for greener pastures.

       

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