Medical doctors under their umbrella body of the Uganda Medical Association have petitioned Parliament for allowance facilitation while on duty.
The President of the Association, Dr. Fred Bisso said Parliament should consider a number of issues in helping improve service delivery as far as medical services are concerned. He added that among the many issues affecting the health sector, the biggest of them being human resources who need urgent attention.
“There is the issue of brain drain of medical professionals in Uganda with push factors revolving around facilitation and motivation especially given the circumstances under which medical personnel work,” he said adding that, “This affects morale and therefore the quality of service that doctors render.”
Dr. Bisso said that there is a need for doctors to be facilitated to deliver effectively to the citizens whenever they require these services. “The objective of this request is to improve the responsiveness of medical officers to the needs of Ugandans because poor medical service affects the quality of health of the population,” he said.
He added that the best trained professionals are working privately or out of the country and therefore work is left to the junior practitioners who are inexperienced.
“We have a number of qualified bio medical technicians who could help with the ever failing medical machinery but they are working out of the country where they make more money,” Dr Bisso added.
In response, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said that she will arrange for the petition to be tabled in Parliament so that it can move to the Health Committee for it to study the issue further and work on a solution together with the Finance Committee.
She added that the timing is right for allowances to be allocated because the budget cycle begins in October.
“I disagree with retirement of doctors who are still willing and able at the age of 60 especially when we have a shortage,” she said. Kadaga added that there is a shortage of midwives with only 4000 in the whole country and this needs to be expeditiously addressed.
She further noted the doctors had raised valid issues that she promised to handle
Dr Fred Bisso said the specified allowances include Call Allowance whenever you may be needed on duty, Overtime Allowance, Housing Allowance, among others.