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Parliament Calls for Shs 1.4 Bn Annual Funding for Nodding Disease

Parliament has adopted the health’s committee recommendations calling for the annual provision of 1.4 billion shillings towards rehabilitating of communities and persons affected by the traumatizing nodding syndrome in Northern Uganda.

On a one off last year, a supplementary funding of 1.4 billion was rolled out to hard hit districts.

However, legislators say provision of these funds needs to be done on an annual basis for the next 4 years in order to establish proper rehabilitation services.

Meanwhile, according to the report, in order to reinvigorate public health services in the hospitals of Mulago specialized women and neonatal, Kiruddu and Kawempe, 35.4 billion shillings is needed.

While presenting this report, Hon. Michael Bukenya the committee chairperson and Bukuya county MP said these funds were urgently needed to address critical gaps.

“The new specialized hospital of Mulago requires a wage of 11.4 billion. The ministry of finance created votes of Kawempe, Kiruddu and Entebbe Hospitals. For Kawempe they offered a drugs and supplies budget of 1.5 billion which we think is inadequate given the shortages we have been experiencing. So they require another 4.5 billion,” says Bukenya.

Relatedly, members also want government to allocate 5 billion to Kiruddu hospital to enable it run dialysis services.

The committee recommends that government secures 10 billion in the sector budget for the training of critical staff and another 5 billion for allowances for medical personnel operating in hard to reach areas. These include; specialists and consultants among many others.

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The report notes that, out of the 1092 positions at Regional Referral Hospital (RRH) level countrywide, only 313 (30%) are filled. Each RRH requires 4l specialists.

Notably, only 60 senior specialists have been recruited out of a total 185 positions with each receiving a minimum pay of 3 million shillings per month.

MPs say this stipend is not enough and as such want government to provide 35 billion the 2019/2020 Financial Year to address these imbalances, salaries not forsaken.

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