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Bodabodas Dominate Road Accidents in New Twaweza Report  

A health check report by Twaweza East Africa which was launched at Hotel Africana today has revealed that about a third of  all Ugandans have experienced an accident or injury in the past six months

According to the report, 53% of these accidents were related to boda-bodas.

Marie Nanyanzi the program officer Twaweza East Africa who presented the report said that a sample of 2000 people was interviewed by picking a specific number from each region basing on the statistical data from UBOS.

Commenting the report, deputy police spokesperson Polly Namaye said police has endeavored to sensitize the public on how to avoid road accidents and injuries.

She stressed that  some of the causes of accidents especially on roads  include overloading, careless driving, over speeding among others.

She also said that most of the fatal accidents occur very early in the morning between 5:00 – 5:59 am.

Polly Namaye

“You encounter a driver driving at a very high speed and they tell you it’s their first time to over speed. Even the first time to over speed can kill you. Can you reduce on the speed especially on long distance journeys? Can you stop driving carelessly?” She asked.

Namaye added that bobaboda riders are careless on the road and yet most drivers are not considerate to them.

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Meanwhile, the Report revealed that more citizens are unhappy about long waiting times at Health centers (from 72% in 2017 to 81% in 2018), lack of medicines from 70% to 78%), lack of attention or respect from medical staff (43% to 55%) and absenteeism of doctors (37% to 44%).

The report also shows that government facilities are more likely provide patients with prescriptions but not the medicine itself.

“One out of three patients (33%) attending government Health facilities are given a prescription but not medicine. At private or NGO facilities, this happens to one out of ten patients (10%),” said Marie Nanyanzi.

According to the report, majority of Ugandans (62%) seek health services in government health facilities.

“However 4% of those admitted slept on a mattress on the floor and 3% slept on the floor directly. This is consistent across different facilities. In government hospitals, 7% of patients shared a bed while in private facilities, 2% did,” the report reveals

In accordance with Ugandan health policies, vulnerable groups such as pregnant women, Children under the age of 5 years and adults over 60 years are entitled to free treatment at government facilities.

But according to the report, 1 out of 5 citizens say they have seen a member of these groups having to pay for public health services.

Aggrey Ssanya, General secretary medical and Health workers’ union said that all the challenges above are happening because Ministry of Health is underfunded and called on government to recentralize the Health sector.

“Government should recentralize the Health sector. Ministry of Health is being underfunded. 8% funding of Health sector is very little to our population. The health sector has been left to local government. Unless government recentralize Health sector, the Health services will remain poor,” he said.

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