Ugandan President and Commander in Chief Gen.Yoweri Museveni has replaced the nine doctors and medical officers of Nakawuku health centre III he sacked recently with Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF).
The force early this week posted 10 health workers to reinforce the seven deployed at Nakawuka Health Centre III last week to handle emergencies and treat patients.
President Museveni last week fired all health workers at the health facility including the director of health services over complaints of negligence and absenteeism by the medical officers.
The UPDF team is reportedly being coordinated by Col Dr Steven Kusasira, the director of UPDF medical services, who said the army had come in to back up the thin staff instituted until a full team is put in place.
At the health centre, the minister of Public Service, Mr Muruli-Mukasa, said the government will re-deploy the fired staff after investigations are concluded.
President Museveni’s decision was widely criticised by a section of the opposition members who described it as hypocritical adding that government is to blame for the poor service delivery in all public health centres across the country.
“Suspending very poorly, paid, ill-equipped health workers of grossly understaffed health units is shifting blame,” said former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye.