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PARLIAMENT DEMANDS REPORT ON STATE OF ALL HEALTH FACILITIES IN UGANDA

By Joel Mugabi

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among has ordered Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Committee on Health to visit all health facilities in the country and compile a report on their status. The order followed concerns raised by legislators on the status of health facilities in the face of the current Covid19 pandemic after a statement by Anifa Kawooya, the State Health Minister in charge of General Duties.

Minister Kawooya had submitted that there were only a few districts that didn’t have Government health facilities, assuring the legislators that these would soon get. Concerns were, for example, raised on the lack of health facilities and poor transport infrastructure in Terego District, to which Kawooya responded that some new districts were yet to have vital infrastructure established.

Deputy Speaker Among then  tasked the Minister to explain where the citizens in districts which do not have hospitals access their health services. She demanded that the new districts be given a priority during the budgeting process so that their residents can have access to these vital services.

On Among’s prompting, Kawooya committed to present a comprehensive plan by government on how to build and equip health facilities in the new districts. The plan will be presented to Parliament within one week. But the House expects a report on the status of all health facilities in the country. Among, also Bukedea District Woman MP, gave the Dr Jane Ruth Aceng-led MoH and the Health Committee only one month within which to undertake this assignment and report to the House.

“Make sure that when you visit the facilities, the area MPs are present,” the Deputy Speaker insisted as she issued directives to both MoH and the Health Committee. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com). 

 

 

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