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Parliamentary health committee decries state of public health facilities

The parliamentary health committee report released to parliament on public health facilities in Kampala district and eastern Uganda has exposed rot in performance of the ministry of health over health service delivery to public.
While presenting to parliament a health report the chairperson of the parliamentary health committee who is the MP for Bukuya county Dr.Micheal Bukenya ,noted that 60% of health workers do not have uniforms and as result some people are masquerading as health workers and extorting money from patients.
MPs reported that such cases are most common in Iganga General Referral hospital and recommended that the ministry to  health to procure uniforms of health workers tagged with their names to minimize extortion of money from patients by fake health workers. The committee observed that medicine and medical supplies stock out as
a national problem and in most cases is caused by some individuals who stole drugs and sell it on black market for their selfish benefit, the committee hence asked that the ministry of  health to have tough sanctions against those engaged in the theft medicines in hospitals.

The poor state of Iganga hospital

The Health committee also recommends for increase of health workers lunch allowances. The MPs observed that since 1996, health workers continue to receive 66,000 and 44,000 shillings for Doctors and nurses respectively as
their monthly lunch allowances yet the cost of living and inflation has gone up.
The committee members recommended that lunch allowance for nurses, Doctors and other health workers be revised to 288,000 shillings to cater lunch at a unit cost of 12,000 shillings.

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