The Minister of Health Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has told parliament that
the Ministry has a deficit of 700.9 billion shillings for Covid-19 response
According to Aceng, out of the 1.02 trillion shillings that the Ministry had budgeted
for, 322.3 billion shillings has already been committed on different activities.
The Minister was on Friday afternoon appearing before Parliament’s National
Economy Committee over a recent loan request by the Ministry of Finance of 1.13
trillion from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank
Group to the Health Sector to mitigate negative effects of Covid-19 on the
economy of Uganda.
However, Aceng told the committee that out of the 1.13 trillion loan request,
the Ministry of Health only has an allocation of Shillings 35 billion for
She said that the deficit in funding that her ministry faces is meant for
different activities including surveillance, strategic information, research
and innovation, logistics, laboratory, risk communication and community
engagement and others.
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MPs led by the National Economy Committee Chairperson Syda Bbumba questioned
whether the deficit meets the total requirement of the Health Ministry given
the magnitude of the pandemic and how the Ministry planned to finance the funding
Bulambuli County MP Ignatius Wamakuyu Mudimi wondered why out of the 1.13
trillion shillings loan request to parliament, the Health Ministry was
receiving only 35 billion and yet it has a huge funding deficit towards
Labwor County MP Micheal Ayepa questioned why the Ministry of Health was not
requesting enough money to address the sector since many hospitals are
struggling with the needed supplies.
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Oyam Woman MP Santa Alum also weighed in saying that her district
has no single ambulance.
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The State Minister of Finance for Planning David Bahati told MPs that the
Ministry of Finance was currently looking at the urgent issues within the
Health Sector and that other needs would be systematically looked at later.
But his response was not received well by MPs including Aswa
County MP Reagan Okumu and Ruhinda North MP Thomas Tayebwa.