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Decentralization detrimental to health services


Ultimate Media

The decentralization policy in Uganda is disadvantageous to the country’s heath service delivery.

Health Experts in Uganda have today said in Kampala that the policy affects the recruitment and retention of health workers in distant villages of Uganda.  
The chairperson of the Health Service Commission, Prof. George Kirya while presenting the commission’s annual report to Parliament in Kampala said the appointment of health workers is a preserve of the districts.

The districts also have powers to reassign medical workers within the district.
Prof. Kirya says the commission urges MPs to recentralize the recruitment exercise of medical workers to empower the ministry of health to deploy and transfer them to all districts and lower local governments.

Kirya also urges the government of Uganda to increase the salaries of medical workers.

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