The Ministry of Health wants special clinics arranged for over worked medical workers in the country as a measure of giving them more medical attention too.
Dr. Diana Atwine Kanzira, the permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health says that health workers are over worked and therefore fail
to get time for themselves which exposes their lives to danger.
She notes that medical workers are exposed to
a number of challenges that affect their mental and body health, and these challenges
most times are not attended to due to busy schedules.
Dr. Atwine said on Wednesday that the country is losing medical
workers due to lack of a significant program that cares for their health.
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Dr. Atwine adds that on the side of government, all
health workers enrolled are entitled to free health care
services but this is not enough given the situation under which they operate. She notes that this can be easily achieved if
government partners with the private sector come up with a program that can
routinely examine medical workers.
She adds that as government they have always
wanted to create such a program for their health workers, but practically it has
proved to be difficult working upon it in isolation.
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Dr. Atwine indicates that health workers carry a number
of burdens from their patients who they do not stop at treating but also extend
other services that include counseling and listening to all sorts of problems from their patients that require solutions.
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She said this while launching a partnership for Health
Heart Africa program in Uganda between Uganda Protestant Medial Bureau (UPMB)
and AstraZeneca Company.
Dr. Atwine noted that the country still has a challenge on creating
awareness on Non Communicable diseases (NCDs) among the population.