Mulago Hospital Excecutive Director Dr Byarugaba Baterana told the recently inaugurated board that one major challenge the government facility was experiencing is moon lighting of doctors. He noted that there is need for policy makers to end this with new regulations that prohibit duo loyalty of doctors in government facilities across the country.
Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, the Executive Director Mulago
National Referral Hospital wants the government to introduce a policy stopping
medical workers employed by the government from working in private facilities.
the newly inaugurated board of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Dr. Baterana
noted that one of the major challenges the national referral is facing is the moonlighting of
He noted that such doctors mislead and smuggle patients
from Mulago hospital to private medical facilities like
clinics and pharmacies. A number of these facilities, he said have been strategically
established around Mulago hospital so that patients that come to the facility are easily sneaked away.
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The Annual Health Sector performance report
indicates that government health facilities employ over 2000 doctors across the
country. With these, however, the doctor-patient ratio is still at 1:25000 below
the World Health Organization recommended ratio of 1:1000. Most private facilities rely on doctors from government facilities.
Dr Edward Kanyesigye, the Mulago National Referral Hospital board chairperson, said there is a need
to critically consider the issue raised by Dr. Baterana on the moonlighting of doctors.
“We are the kind of board that has come to
offer deliverables, we shall digest the matter and resolve accordingly,” he said. Apart
from the problem of moonlighting doctors, Dr. Baterana also decried the
inadequate funding to the hospital.
He said that they only receive Shillings
8.7billion instead of the Shillings 101.01 Billion, which they need. He also noted the need
to fence the hospital land to keep off encroachers and potential land
The other members of the
new board inaugurated on September 04th, 2021 are businessman, Patrick Bitature, Dr Henry Mwebesa the Director-General of Health
Services in the Ministry of Health and Researcher and Paediatrician Philippa
Musoke, among others.