LOP MPUUGA TELLS WHAT M7 GOV’T CAN DO TO IMPROVE DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES
Video: MoH MESSAGE ON CHILDREN & MATERNAL HEALTH
By Joel Mugabi
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga, has advised President Museveni’s government on what needs to be done in order to improve the capacity of the health sector and enable better service delivery across the country.
Officiating at a fundraising event for Kyambala Health Centre III in Bukulula Sub County, Kalungu District, Mpuuga noted that the challenges faced by the health sector, especially public health facilities had hugely affected service delivery to Ugandans and could be addressed if government raised budgetary allocations to the sector, among other interventions.
He noted that while the national healthcare system demands that each district should have a general hospital, many districts have had to wait for long to have their health centres upgraded to hospital status due to inadequate funding.
“Most of the new districts lack hospitals, the only government facility you can find is a health centre III which is are also ill-equipped leaving our people to trek long distances to access the services from private providers,” Mpuuga said. “I am aware Kalungu has a lot of challenges. Kalungu Health Centre IV lacks a medical officer implying that it can’t offer most of the services expected of a health facility at that level. So, patients have to go to Villa Maria Hospital, which is privately owned.”
The Nyendo-Mukungwe MP explained that as part of his recently launched opposition legislative agenda, they would propose public-private partnerships as one way of boosting health service delivery.
“This is one of the issues we intend to tackle as per our legislative agenda. Since private hospitals serve the same population, government needs to support them by providing medical supplies and other incentives because the private players have been able to maintain presence where the government has failed,” Mpuuga said.
For example, Mpuuga explained, the partnership would see government post qualified doctors to privately owned health facilities as one way of subsidizing the cost of doing business.
During the fundraising event, Mpuuga contributed Shs5m to equip the children’s ward at Kyambala Health Centre III. Other MPs, Christine Nandagire Ndiwalana (NUP, Bukomansimbi North), Veronica Nanyondo (NUP, Bukomansimbi Woman) and area MP Francis Katongole Katabaazi (Kalungu East), contributed a total of Shs4m.(For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org).