Medics Blame Poor Performance on Politics

Stakeholders in the Health sector in Mbarara district yesterday launched an attack on the political wing of the district over the poor performance of the health facilities in the area.

This was during a meeting at Kamukuzi Hall that involved political leaders, cheapest technical leaders, this web heads of facilities and the health unit management committee, Private health providers and donor partners.

The meeting was meant to bring together all stakeholders involved in the health sector and identify the key challenges and propose practical solutions.

Sister Nakaranzi Asuumpita from Mbarara Referral Hospital accused the politicians of ‘protecting half-baked practitioners in the sector when they are not providing results.

She argued that some incompetent leaders and practitioners in the health sector are protected by politicians especially if they are supporters.

“Things are not moving, politicians should know where they stop; if somebody is not performing, they must not be protected,” she charged.

The deputy RDC Mbarara Vicent Kamugisha also condemned this practice, stressing that what is needed is service delivery, not shielding unprofessional workers.

Also at the event, Lubega Kazooba Ssalongo, a senior health educator in the district condemned government for approving private health institutions and clinics that are mushrooming but not operating to the health standards.


“These Private health schools are giving us half baked doctors and nurses only licensed to make money; I found for instance one using a microphone without a lens” Lubega said.

Some of the health workers however, attributed the poor performance in health sector to government’s failure to provide adequate health facilities in the lower health units; like at health centers IIIs and IVs.

“Before we are blamed and arrested, let government first strength the health units” Patrick Mbero said.

The DHO Mbarara Dr. Peter Sebutinde said the ministry of health is engaging parliament to revise legal frame work to get rid of unprofessional health workers in the country.

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