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Three people were needed to fill the position of anaesthesia consultants; another three required for the position of Ear Nose and Throat ENT specialists and three others for the position of a psychiatrist, However, no application was received for all the positions, even after running extensive advertisements.

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The Health Service Commission has failed to attract applicants from specialized personnel, according to its annual report of 2016/2017.

The commission advertised 35 positions of specialized personnel between 2016 and 2017. However, 32 of these positions did not attract a single applicant.

Three people were needed to fill the position of anaesthesia consultants; another three required for the position of Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists and three others for the position of a psychiatrist, However, no application was received for all the positions, even after running extensive advertisements.

The report indicates that only one application was received for the position of pathologist which had three vacancies.  Other areas that failed to attract any or a single applicant are Internal Medicine Consultant, Orthopedic surgeons, Echo technicians, Audio Logical clinical officers, Dental officers, Cardiac technicians, Radiologists, Senior consultants in the Intensive care Unit, Ophthalmologist, Obstetrics and Gynecology among others.

Pius Okong, the Chairperson of the Health Service Commission says the government needs to train more specialists like pathologists and radiologists since they are very few in the country yet the government package is not very attractive for experts in the field.

Okong was presenting a report of the Health Service Commission to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga. The report indicates that the low interest could be as a result of poor working environment, poor remuneration and absence of specialized personnel, among other issues.   

 

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Meanwhile, posts which attracted high numbers in the commission are Nursing officers where more than 2100 applications were submitted for the 135 vacancies, and medical officer jobs where 427 people applied for the 57 available positions.  The position of enrolled nurse attracted 3,708 applications, and 560 applications were received for the 54 vacancies for Senior Nursing Officers.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga stated that she will discuss the matter with the relevant House committees to ensure adequate attention is paid to these challenges. She says she already wrote to the president about the shortage of health experts.

 

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