Scarcity of Midwives Worries Kadaga

this sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>With the current national deficit for midwives standing at over 4, 000, the Speaker has called for the need to harmonize links between the Ministry of Health and the training institutions for health workers.

Rt. Hon. Kadaga while receiving the Annual Report of the Health Service Commission at Parliament on Monday May 5, 2014 re-echoed the need to address the disparities in the health sector policies and the partial ban on recruitment of health workers in the Public Service.

“I am a bit concerned at the fact that there is a shortage of trained midwives in this country. For the last four five years we had a shortfall of 4,000 midwives. What is the relationship between the institutions that train and the consumers? Why don’t they train midwives?” she asked.

The Commission reported that comprehensive nurses were being trained and produced in large numbers but several critical medical workers had not been trained for many years.

“We are losing many mothers in the hospitals daily. This is sometimes due to lack of critical health workers like trained midwives who would have saved their lives. We need to find out why comprehensive nurses are trained instead of midwives,” the Speaker added.


The Health Service Commission Report highlights inadequate production of critical medical staff such as midwives, anaesthetists, theatre-assistants, public health nurses and clinic ophthalmic officers among the biggest challenges to the health sector.

Speaker Kadaga also questioned restrictive staffing norms and regulations that have stifled the promotion of health workers and created room for defections.

Professor Pius Okong, the Chairperson of the Health Service Commission, said the Commission had plans to recruit an additional 800 health workers to boost the number of health service personnel in the sector.

He noted the lack of a sufficient policy framework for automatic deployment of government specialised health workers in health units as a challenge to the health service delivery.

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