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Tewali nsonga eneetulemesa kumaliriza Masiro - Katikkiro
Feb 02, 2015
Bya DICKSON KULUMBA

KATIKKIRO Charles Peter Mayiga agambye nti okusoomoo

zebwa kwayolekedde kwe kutaasa Bassekabaka abagalamidde mu Masiro e Kasubi omusana mu kiseera kino ogubookya ate n’okuteeka ekifo kino ku mutindo gw’ensi yonna.

Yazzeemu okuwera ng’Amasiro gano bwe galina okuggwa mu mbeera yonna n’agamba nti, “Nziramu okuwera nti tewali nsonga egenda kutulemesa kumaliriza mulimu guno. Enkuba ketonye, kibuyaga kaakunte, omusana ka gwake, tulina okumaliriza amasiro.”

Bino Katikkiro yabyogedde bwe yabadde alambuza Obuganda omulimu ogukolebwa ku Masiro e Kasubi eggulo ku Ssande n’asiima bonna abali ku mulimu era n’agamba nti omulimu guno gulina okutambuzibwa okusinziira mu mitendera.

Ssentebe w’olukiiko oluvunaanyizibwa ku kuzzaawo Amasiro, Al- Haji Kaddu Kiberu yategeezezza ng’okutusibwa kwa langi ebadde emaze ebbanga eddene ng’erindirirwa bwe kiguddewo essula empya mu kuzzaawo Amasiro gano.


Kaddu yagambye nti “ Essa kwe tutuuse, omulimu guno gusigadde mu mikono gy’abantu babiri ate bonna nga bataka; Kasujja ne Muteesasira era mubadde mugamba nti tubadde tutambudde mpola naye nange ngenda kubakanda ebyetaagisa ebirala okuli essubi, emmuli, amavuvume n’ebirala.

Omutaka Muteesasira Tendo Keeya yagambye nti ttiimu ye ey’Abagirinya yamaze dda okugitendeka era yeetegese okutandika omulimu gw’okulasa akasolya k’enju Muzibu Azala Mpanga ate n’oluvannyuma akwase Wabulakayole ( Omusige okuva ewa Kasujja), omulimu gw’okusereka.

“ Omulimu oguddako muzito era muzibu. Mu mbeera eno gugenda kutambula mpola kubanga eby’obuwangwa tebikubibwamu mavuunya n’olwekyo tulina okugendera mu mitendera,” Omumyuka owookubiri owa Katikkiro era Minisita w’obulambuzi, obuwangwa n’ennono Haji Muhamood Sekimpi bwe yagambye.

Langi ebadde erindiriddwa okuva e Girimani yatuusibwa wiiki ewedde nga kwajjirako omukugu era nga gulondoolwa aba kkampuni ya langi Peacock ng’olunaku lw’eggulo ( Ssande) baalaze abantu abaabadde e Kasubi engeri langi eno eyatereddwaako gy’egenda okutaasaamu Amasiro.

Allan Kibirige ku lwa Peacock yannyonnyodde nti, “ Langi eno eyamba okutaasa omuliro ne gutasanyawo Masiro okumala essaawa bbiri ng’abazinyamwoto bwe bajja. Mu ngeri

y’emu egenda kuyamba okuwangaaza enju eno.


Omuwanika w’olukiiko lw’Amasiro, Gaster Lule Ntakke yalangiridde ensimbi 5,019,700/- nga ku zino Pius Mugalaasi n’omutuba gwa Katulami e Kisunku mu ssiga lya Jjumba mu kika ky’enkima gwakulembera yaleeseeko obukadde buna. Ntakke yagambye nti ensimbi zino zigenda kusigala Kasubi okukola ku nsonga ez’enjawulo okuli amasannyalaze n’amazzi agatawaanya abagasulamu.

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Olukiiko lwa Buganda lwanjudde embalirira ya buwumbi 7

The Kabaka of Buganda launches a book on Ssekabaka Muteesa II struggles:

Kabaka Mutebi (centre) with Mr Patrick Makumbi (right) and Dr

Kabaka Mutebi (centre) with Mr Patrick Makumbi (right) and Dr Colin Sentongo (left) at the book launch at Bulange in Mengo, Kampala.

PHOTO BY ERIC DOMINIC BUKENYA

BY  ERIASA MUKIIBI SSERUNJOGI


Posted  Friday, May 27  2016

Kampala in the State of Buganda:
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi on Wednesday, 25th May 2016,  launched a book about the struggles of his late father and former Buganda king, Edward Muteesa II, touching on Uganda’s history before and after independence.

The book titled The Brave King, revisits the stories of Muteesa’s exiling, first between 1953 and 1955, and again from 1966 to 1969 when he died in London. The author, Mr Patrick Makumbi, drew from the documents preserved by his father, 99-year-old Thomas Makumbi, who was an official at Mengo, Buganda’s power capital.

“I was very happy to write the preface to this book,” Kabaka Mutebi said, adding: “It will help the readers understand what Kabaka Muteesa went through in those days.”

When Mutesa was exiled in 1953, the older Makumbi, the father of the author, led a team of six Buganda officials to negotiate with the British about the king’s return to Buganda, which was secured in 1955. The other members of the team were Mr Apollo Kironde, Mr Matayo Mugwanya, Mr Amos Sempa, Mr Eridadi Mulira and Mr Ernest Kalibbala.

Kabaka Mutebi, while officiating at the function, called on more people to document what they saw during those days, saying “it is a good thing” that some of those who witnessed or participated in the events are still alive. Muteesa himself wrote about the period in question in his autobiography, The Desecration of my Kingdom, and Kabaka Mutebi’s endorsement of Mr Makumbi’s new book will be seen as an extension of the kingdom’s bid to manage the narrative.

Mr Apollo Makubuya, Buganda’s third deputy Katikkiro, at the launch held at Bulange-Mengo said there have been attempts to misrepresent history by “those who do not like us”.

Accusations and counter accusations of betrayal between Buganda Kingdom and Obote are rooted in a rather happy start, when Buganda’s party Kabaka Yekka (KY) teamed up with Obote’s Uganda People’s Congress to defeat the Democratic Party and form government at independence in 1962.

But the two centres of power soon quarrelled violently and were involved in what many have regarded as a critical turning point in Uganda’s history. The army, on Obote’s orders, stormed Muteesa’s palace on May 24, 1966, killing multitudes and forcing the king-president into exile.

Mr Makubuya said his grandfather was among those killed during the attack, an occasion the kingdom commemorates yearly on May 24. He said in addition to explaining how Buganda and Muteesa suffered during that period, Mr Makumbi’s book will clarify a number of other issues, including how colonialism thwarted Buganda’s development efforts.

He said Buganda stiffly resisted colonialism and the demands of colonial governor Andrew Cohen in particular, to the extent of winning a court case in London against the exiling of Muteesa. In all its efforts, Mr Makubuya said, Buganda was consistently seeking autonomy, and that the kingdom can “never” lose sight of this objective.

Mr Makumbi, the author, said his father could not attend the launch due to old age.

The publication of the book was financed by Dr Colin Sentongo, who said at the launch that KY, which ceased to exist in the 1960s, is the only political party he has ever belonged to.

The fathers of Mr Makumbi and Dr Sentongo met with Muteesa as students at Kings College Budo, from where, Mr Sentongo said, the three men forged a life-long friendship. It is probably much for this reason that Kabaka Mutebi warmed up to Mr Sentongo and Mr Makumbi at the launch.

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Fiscal Budget y'Ensi Buganda ebiro bino

Jul 07, 2014

Bya DICKSON KULUMBA

 

OMUWANIKA wa Buganda, Eve Nagawa Mukasa

asomye embalirira y’Obwakabaka bwa Buganda eya 2014/2015 ya buwumbi 7 (7,411,638,600/-) .

 

Embalirira eno eri wansi w’omulamwa 'Okwolesebwa n’Ebigendererwa' egendereddwamu okutumbula enkulaakulana okuli; okumaliriza Amasiro g’e Kasubi ne Wamala, Masengere, okulongoosa Ennyanja ya Kabaka, okussawo etterekero ly’ebyedda, okukulaakulanya ettaka ly’e Kigo ne Makindye 'State Lodge', okuzimba olubiri lw’omulangira Juma Katebe, okuzimba olubiri lwa Namasole, okuddaabiriza embuga z’Amasaza wamu n’okuzimba eddwaliro ly’abakyala.

 

Nagawa yagambye nti ensimbi zino zisuubirwa okuva mu Buganda Land Board, Amasomero, Minisitule ez’enjawulo, mu bupangisa, amakampuni g’Obwakabaka, ebitongole ebigaba obuyambi n’obuwumbi buna okuva mu Gavumenti eya wakati.

 

Ng’ayogera mu lukiiko luno, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga yasabye abantu okutambulira ku kiragiro kya Kabaka eky’abantu okujjumbiro ebifo by’obulambuzi era n'ategeza nti pulojekiti zonna Obwakabaka ze butandiseeko ssi zaakukoma mu kkubo, zirina okumalirizibwa n’olwekyo enkola y’okunoonya Ettoffaali ekyagenda mu maaso kubanga Kabaka ayitibwa mufumbya Gganda n'antabalirira batyabi- ensimbi zikyetaagisa.

 

Olukiiko luno lwetabiddwamu abakiise bangi ddala ne baminisita ba Kabaka nga lwakubiriziddwa, Sipiika Nelson Kawalya eyagambye nti embalirira eno abakiise basaanye okugenda n’ekiwandiiko kino, bwe banakomawo mu lukiiko luno basobole okugiyisa.

 

Omusujja gw’omu byenda
(Typhoid fever) gwesibye mu Kampala, Uganda.
Feb 25, 2015
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Bo abantu mu kibuga Kampala besombye bangi ddala.

Bya HANNINGTON NKALUBO, ERIA LUYIMBAZI NE CHRIS TEBANDEKE

OMUWENDO gw'abalwadde b'omusujja gwa Typhoid ogw'omu byenda] oguzinze Kampala n'emiriraano gweyongera buli lunaku.

Ku nkomerero ya wiiki ewedde abaakebeddwa ne basangibwa n'akawuka k'omusujja guno baweze 170 naye olwa Mmande we lwazibidde nga basoba mu 365.

Kino kitiisizza baddereeva, bakondakita, abasuubuzi n'abasaabaze ne bagamba nti wadde Gavumenti evuddeyo ku bulwadde buno naye tennakola kimala. Abalala balina okutya nti ebyokulya, okunywa n'ebifo bye bagendamu ebyobuyonjo tebinnaba kukyuka bikyali nga bwe bibadde era obulwadde bukyayinza okweyongera.

BADDEREEVA

Ssentebe wa baddereeva e Nakivubo, Mustafa Mayambala yagambye nti gavumenti egezezzaako okulwanyisa obulwadde naye tennakola kimala.

“twetaaga emisomo, mmotoka ya ambulensi okuba okumpi ne ppaaka era bwe kiba kisoboka n'abasawo babasembeze ku ppaaka zaffe balwanyise obulwadde buno.Kizuuse ng'abamu ku baddereeva tebaagala kugenda mu malwaliro era omulala yafudde eggulo,” Mayambala bwe yagambye.

wabula baddereeva bakyagenda mu maaso n'okulya emmere etambuzibwa mu ppaaka, ebibala ebitundibwa, okunywa amazzi agatambuzibwa mu bucupa. Obulwadde buno bwatandikira mu ppaaka ya takisi enkadde ne busaasaanira mu ppaaka endala okuli eya USAFI, Kisenyi, ppaaka empya, mu kizimbe kya Qualicel mu basuubuzi b'omu luggya lwa ppaaka ne mu butale naddala aka Nakasero ne St. Balikuddembe.

Baddereeva be baasooka okutegeera obulwadde buno era we baabumanyira nga bannaabwe bataano bubasse ate ng'abalala 30 bapooca.

Abamu ku baddereeva n'abasuubuzi baasooka kwerumaaluma nga balowooza nti bayinza bannaabwe be babaloga.

EKITONGOLE KYA KAMPALA  CITY COUNCIL

Amyuka omwogezi wa KCCA, Robert Kalumba yagambye nti nga bakolagana ne minisitule y'ebyobulamu, basobodde okwanguyira obulwadde.

‘tutaddewo mmotoka ya ambulansi ku malwaliro ag'enjawulo naddala mu Kisenyi okuyamba abantu abafuna obuzibu. Tuyungudde abasawo abenjawulo okuwa abasangibwa n'akawuka k'obulwadde buno eddagala amangu ddala era bangi balifuna ne bawona,’ Kalumba bwe yagambye.

Yategeezezza nti balondoola nnyo ebyokulya n'okunywa ebitundibwa mu bifo omukolera abantu abangi naddala mu ppaaka za takisi n'obutale. Yagambye nti baludde nga bategeeza bannakampala okwegendereza ebyokunywa n'okulya mu Kampala naye nga tebawulira.

"ebifo bingi omuli kiyosiki tuzze tubiggala naye ng'abamu balowooza nti tubatulugunya kyokka nga tutangira mbeera ya bulwadde ebadde eyinza okugwawo,” Kalumba bwe yagambye.

ABASAABAZE

Ssentebe w'ekibiina ekirwanirira eddembe ly'abasaabaze ekya Passengers Protection association Badru Nyenje yatidde nti embeera y'obulwadde eyinza obutataliza basaabaze. Abamu ku basaabaze bava mu bitundu bya byalo nti bwe batuuka mu ppaaka nabo baagala okugula ebyokunywa n'okulya.

"Abakola ku mutindo batuyambe bakebere amazzi gonna ag'obucupa agatundibwa mu bifo byonna okwetoloola ppaaka n'obutale kubanga agasiga galabika mafu. Bangi bajingirira amazzi ne balowoozesa abaguzi nti malungi ate nga majama. Batuyambe bagakebere ate amalala kkampuni ezimu baziwere" Nyenje bwe yagambye.

AMALWALIRO GA KCCA

Abasawo abasinga babasindise mu ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Centre.

Waliwo erya Kisugu. Naggulu. Kawaala , Kitebi. Kawempe ne Komamboga.

ABAFUDDE

Fred Kato eyali akolera ku siteegi y'e Luzira. 

Jimmy Olando ku Ssembule siteegi.

Diriisa Ssemakula.

Meddie Mutebi ku Bweyogerere.

Jimmy Kijjambu ku paaka enkadde.

SITEEGI EZIKOSEDDWA

Bweyogerere, Luzira, Ssembuule, Kasubi, Namuwongo, Mengo , Nateete, Wakaliga, Nakulabye , Bwaise, Ntebe, Kamwokya, Kikono ne Makindye.

Omusawo ayogedde ku musujja guno

Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng Dayirekita w’ekitongole ekikola ku byobulamu ategeeza nti  “omusujja gw’omu byenda buba bulwadde nga bwegaseemu omusujja naye nga guva ku buwuka obusirikitu obuyitibwa ‘Salmonella Tyhi’. Era buyinza okuva ku kawuka akasirikitu akatera okuleeta omusujja ogwamaanyi. Obuwuka buno buteekebwa mu mazzi oba mu mmere nga muntu yabusaasaanya mu bubi bwe.

Bukwata butya?

Obulwadde busaasaana nga buyita mu kulya emmere oba okunywa amazzi agalimu obubi. Kyandibadde kirungi abantu ne bajjanjabibwa mu bwangu okwewala okusaasaana.

Kiki gavumenti ky’esobodde okukolawo

Waliwo ttiimu y’abantu eteekeddwaawo KCCA wamu ne Minisitule y’ebyobulamu okudduukirira omulanga guno. 

KCCA etaddewo ekifo eky’okufuniramu obujjanjabi ku ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Center IV okukola ku balwadde abakakasiddwa nti babulina

. Era abalwadde abasinga bakolwako ne badda awaka era tebaweereddwa bitanda. 

Ekitongole ekibunyisa eddagala ekya National Medical Stores (NMS) kitadde eddagala lyonna eryetaagisa mu kifo okusobola okukola ku balwadde mu bwangu.

Abasawo ku ddwaaliro lya Kisenyi Health Center IV baatendekeddwa okusobola okukola ku bateeberezebwa okuba abalwadde n’abakakasiddwa okuba abalwadde.

Gavumenti esaba abantu bonna okuteeka mu nkola bino wammanga;

Abantu bonna abalina obubonero bw’omusujja naye ng’eddagala ly’omusujja gw’ensiri teribawonya batuukirire eddwaaliro Kisenyi Health Center IV okufuna obujanjabi okusingawo.

Minisitule y’ebyobulamu eri mu kulaba embeera mu disitulikiti endala bwe kiba kyetaagisa bateekewo ekifo ekirala eky’obujjanjabi.

Abantu bonna basabibwa okukuuma obuyonjo okutangira okusaasaanya. 

Abantu bonna balina okubeera abeegendereza okumanya ensibuko y’amazzi ge banywa n’ebyokunywa. Abantu bakubirizibwa okufumba amazzi ge banywa oba okugateekamu ‘water guard’, n’ebintu ebirala ebyakakasibw

okulongoosa amazzi

Abantu bakubirizibwa okwewala okulya emmere ennyogoga, enva endiirwa zirina okufumbibwa obulungi n’ebibala okubyoza ne bitukula bulungi n’amazzi amalungi.

Abasawo bakubirizibwa okutwala obulwadde bwa Typhoid ng’obumu ku bulwadde obusumbuwa abantu. 

Ennamba z’essimu bbiri ziteekeddwawo okuloopa ensonga eno okuli 0794661095 oba 0794661128 mu KCCA.

Abantu bafuna batya obulwadde buno?

Typhoid musujja gwa mu byenda ogufunibwa oluvannyuma lw’okuywa amazzi oba okulya emmere erimu obuwuka oba enjama.

Abantu abalwadde ennyo basobola okubusaasaanya nga bugenda mu mazzi agaliraanyewo nga buyita mu bubi bwabwe obulimu obuwuka obungi.

Omuntu okulya emmere ennyogoga.

Okulya ebintu nga bijama.

Obubonero bw’omusujja gw’omu byenda

Obulwadde busobola okumala ebbanga lya wiiki 3-4 era ng’obubonero bwe buno; 

•Obutayagala kulya

•Okulumwa omutwe

•Obulumi mu mubiri gwonna

•Omusujja nga guweza 104

•Obukoowu oba obunafu

•Embiro

•Okulumwa mu kifuba/ ekifuba 

ky’omunda

•Obulumi mu lubuto

Bujjanjabibwa butya?

Obulwadde buno bujjanjabwa ne n’eddagala eritta obuwuka buno.

Waliwo n’eddagala erigema abo abatambula. Obujjanjabi bumala wakati wa wiiki bbiri n’omwezi era ng’omulwadde ayinza okusaasaanya wakati wa 50,000/- ne 300,000/- okusinziira ku ddwaaliri ly’aba agenzeemu. 


Amataba gagobye ssentebe mu maka ge
Apr 01, 2015

Era emirimu gy’ekyalo n’abagenyi be abalabira wabweru wa nnyumba anti gy’asiiba. Nobala ssentebe wa Central zooni mu Ndeeba.

Twamuguddeko nga bali mu kaweefube wa kusena mazzi nga bagaggya mu nju ne famire ye.

Agamba nti abantu abatadde ebigoma ebitono mu mwala be baleetedde amazzi okwanjaala mu maka ge.


Okulonda obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2 kuli mu lusuubo: Tewali ssente
Dec 23, 2015
Eno ye nonda eya bafuzi, Omufuzi ava e Ruanda owa NRM gyeyaleeta mu Ssemmatteeka gweyateeka mu Uganda.

Bya Muwanga Kakooza

OKULONDA obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2  omwaka ogujja kuli mu lusuubo oluvannyuma lwa gavumenti okulemwa okussa mu bajeti y’akakiiko k’ebyokulonda ssente ezimala okukola omulimu guno.

Akakiiko k’ebyokulonda keetaaga obuwumbi 44 okutegeka okulonda kw’obukiiko bwa LC kyokka mu bajeti mulimu obuwumbi musanvu zokka!.

Ssentebe w’akakiiko ka palamenti ak’ebyamateeka, Steven Tashobya (mu katono) ye yategeezezza bino mu lipooti y’akakiiko ke  ekakwata ku bajeti y’omwaka ogujja (2016/17) gye yayanjulidde akakiiko ka palamenti eggulo.

Yasabye wabeewo ekikolebwa okulaba nga gavumenti ewaayo ssente z’okutegeka okulonda kuno kuba ensimbi ezeetaagisa bwe zitaweebwayo eby’okulonda obukiiko bwa LC1 ne LC2 tebijja kusoboka.

 Obukiiko bwa LC buludde nga tebukola kuba abamu ku baabuliko baafa, abalala ne bakyusa ebyalo ng’ate n’obuliwo kigambibwa nti bumenya mateeka kuba buli luvannyuma lwa myaka etaano waliwo okubaawo okulonda ku mitendera gyonna egya gavumenti. Kyokka bwo bumaze emyaka egisoba mu kkumi nga tebulondebwa.

Ebyo nga biri awo n’ensimbi  obuwumbi 12 ez’okusasula emisaala gy’ababaka ba palamenti abapya 70 abagenda okwegatta ku palamenti egenda okulondebwa omwaka ogujja emisaala gyabwe tegiri mu bajeti. Palamenti empya egenda kubaamu ababaka 459. Eriwo erimu ababaka 265.

The British Uganda Aid Biometric machines installed in President Museveni's hospitals has exposed to him many absentee staff at Naguru hospital:

July 22, 2018

Written by URN

Close to 40 members of staff at the China- Uganda Friendship Hospital, Naguru face sanctions for absenting themselves from work and reporting late for duty. The affected persons, mostly medical workers, have been asked by the hospital management to submit written explanations stating why they missed duty for more than 15 days this month. A letter requiring them to submit explanations was signed and stamped by the hospital director bearing the names of 39 implicated staff.
 
The hospital gates of the Naguru Hospital where China has invested much of its medical skills in Uganda.
 
Three of the people reported on duty for only one day, while the person who worked more days is recorded as having reported to work for 10 days between July 1 to 19, 2018.  Close to 40 members of staff at the China- Uganda Friendship Hospital, Naguru face sanctions for absenting themselves from work and reporting late for duty. The affected persons, mostly medical workers, have been asked by the hospital management to submit written explanations stating why they missed duty for more than 15 days this month. A letter requiring them to submit explanations was signed and stamped by the hospital director bearing the names of 39 implicated staff. Three of the people reported on duty for only one day, while the person who worked more days is recorded as having reported to work for 10 days between July 1 to 19, 2018.
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One reckons the Uganda African patients have been well aware of what has been going on for some good years. It is unfortunate that the former colonialists of Great Britain with their biometric machine are the one making the African hospital management aware of this hospital administration mismanagement.

 

 

 

 

 

Uganda has finally got a decent hospital for its long time suffering patients:

Inside Mulago Hospital’s sh91.5b maternal health centre:

By Violet Nabatanzi

Added 4th July 2018 

 

This will be the first public health facility providing fertility-related services

 

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Mulago National Referral Hospital’s state of the art national maternal and neonatal referral centre that cost $34.14m (about sh91.5b) will open its doors to the public in July.

The centre whose construction began in 2013, will offer specialised treatment for high-risk antenatal care, delivery and postnatal services, gynaecology services, focusing on obstetric fistula.

ulago ospitals nock usaasira touring the new specialised maternal and neonatal center hoto by ary ansiimeMulago Hospital’s Enock Kusaasira touring the new specialised maternal and neonatal center. Photo by Mary Kansiime

 

rabs ontractors arek ldakdoky left giving t usaasira a tour of the center hoto by ary ansiimeArabs Contractors’ Tarek Eldakdoky (left) giving t Kusaasira a tour of the center. Photo by Mary Kansiime

 

Speaking to New Vision Mulago’s spokesperson Enock Kusasira said it will also handle cancers of the female reproductive system including ovarian cancer, uterine, endometrial, cervical, and vulvar cancer.

Other services to be offered include neonatal services and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). The IVF is a process that increases the efficiency of human reproduction, which is often not efficient naturally.

 

 

This will be the first public health facility providing fertility-related services. In Uganda, fertility services are expensive; one has to pay between sh10m and sh20m to access such services in private health facilities.

According to statistics, about 10-15% of the couples in Uganda cannot have children due to infertility.

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10 of such hospitals would never make the Country of Uganda broke but the army of 100,000 well armed African soldiers would.

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, The National Health Service Doctors, who have been on Strike for three weeks, have temporary suspended it until 16 December, 2017

A helpless young African patient lays on one of the hospital beds that have no medical doctors for the last 3 weeks.

 

24 November, 2017

By the Monitor newspaper, Uganda

 

UGANDA, KAMPALA- Patients can finally breathe a sigh of relief as normal health care service delivery in public health facilities are expected to resume effective Sunday, thanks to doctors’ decision to suspend their strike.

The doctors under the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), on Saturday voted to suspend their strike up to December 16, the date when the government promised to have delivered on some of their demands.

A Salary Review Commission is also expected to have come up with a resolution on the salary and allowance demands of the doctors, by that date.

The strike which started on November 6, has seen services in government aided hospitals paralysed with doctors listing a raft of demand s, including enhanced duty facilitation allowances, disbandment of the State House Health Monitoring Unit and a steady supply of sundries and other medical supplies in hospitals before they return to work.

Dr Ekwaro Obuku the UMA President, however, warned government not to take the doctors’ demands for granted since they would ill not hesitate to resume the strike if by December 16, if nothing tangible has come up.

 “Doctors are eager to resume their Industrial action if not taken serious …and then [December 16] people [doctors] will be going for Christmas. We don’t know when they will return,” Dr Obuku warned amidst cheers from the medical workers who jam-packed Silver Springs Hotel’s Hall in Kampala.

The decision made at the end of their General Assembly on Saturday followed back- to -back meetings between the UMA’s national executive committee and Cabinet to end the industrial action.

State Finance Minister David Bahati who attended the doctors’ assembly pleaded with the doctors to resume work, admitting that government “had indeed been brought to its knees.”

“[Dr] Obuku has said you have brought us [government] to our knees. Friends, I am on my knees to ask you to consider these issues,” Mr Bahati said.

Mr Bahati reiterated the government pledges to the doctors including the supplementary budget for drugs and sundries, welfare and training of Senior House officers and intern doctors as well as duty facilitation allowances for all doctors in public service.

He said that during the current financial year, they have added Shs41 billion supplementary to National Medical Stores (NMS) to provide for emergency medical supplies.

He said the Ministry of Finance has been allocating Shs230 billion to NMS for the supplies and another Shs7.2 billion to Joint Medical Stores for the bureaus.

The minister said another Shs4.2 billion has been released to the Ministry of Finance to cater for the allowances of the Senior House Officers (post graduate doctors) , and the verification process is on-going to ensure the salaries go to the rightful people.

The interns will also have their allowances enhanced to Shs940, 000 from Shs740, 000 and be paid in every month as opposed to quarterly.

The enhancements are to act as a temporary measure to end the industrial action as the two parties proceed with the negotiations.

Out of the 295 doctors who attended the assembly, 113 voted to suspend the strike while 76 voted to continue with the strike while the rest abstained.

None of the doctors voted to call off the strike indefinitely.

lnamagembe@ug.nationmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda there is an Impasse: The government has come out and spoken the truth of the matter to the medical staff on strike: 

November 15, 2017

Written by URN

Government has maintained its stand that it cannot negotiate with Uganda Medical Association (UMA) on the welfare of medical workers.

Minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng reiterated the government's stand in a meeting with the striking medical workers at Statistics House today morning.   

Aceng noted that UMA isn't a trade union and therefore can't negotiate with government on the medical worker's welfare. She explained that the ministry appreciates the working conditions of the medical workers, saying they are committed to improving the situation.

The meeting yielded no results

Attorney General, William Byaruhanga also told the leadership of UMA that the mandate to negotiate with government lies with trade unions as provided for in the 2008 Labour Union Act. 

"We have just come here to address you, we can talk to you as an association but we cannot negotiate with you. You should know that. This is information that you need to know" Byaruhanga said. 

Adding that, "Government will adopt plan B if you fail to return to work. Our priority is the patients who have not been attended to. We request you to return to work." 

However, this infuriated the doctors, escalating the already tense mood in the room. The doctors told the six cabinet ministers present including David Bahati (state minister for planning), John Chrysostom Muyingo (minister of state for higher education), Mwesigwa Rukutana (deputy Attorney General) that without addressing their concerns and issuing more threats of moving to "plan B" they had simply wasted their time.

UMA president Dr Ekwaro Obuku said if government is ready to move to "plan B" the doctors are determined and ready to move to "plan C". Obuku said government was "being unserious" about the entire situation and was not caring about the patients who are losing lives because of lack of medical care.

Minister Bahati had called on the doctors to be patient with government for at least another two weeks and call off the strike as they they institute a salary review commission to harmonise all civil servants' salaries. It is over a month since the prosecutors laid down their tools in protest against poor pay. 

The doctors however demanded written commitment from government, saying they always make promises that they don't keep. Workers MP Sam Lyomoki said he had never before met six "powerless" ministers who wasted time doctors' time by calling for a dialogue yet they had no solution. 

Bahati said government can't commit itself on a recurrent expenditure without first identifying the source of the money. Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana told the striking intern doctors that they can't call themselves doctors and can't demand salaries. He explained that what interns are paid is an appreciation, which can't be termed as an allowance. 

Rukutana asked the intern doctors to drop their demands and return to work. Doctors laid down their tools on Monday last week following protracted negotiations with government to give them a pay rise and improve their welfare in vain.

They vowed not to resume work until government addresses their concerns. The doctors want government to increase the salary of medical interns from Shs 960,000 to Shs 8.5 million.

They also medical and teaching assistants to earn Shs 15 million, get a two-bedroom house and a 2.5cc vehicle. They also want government to pay a senior consultant doctor or professor Shs 48 million including allowances; provide him a five-bedroom house, 4.0cc vehicle and three domestic workers.

Currently, a senior consultant doctor earns about Shs 3.4 million, consultant Shs 2.6 million, and a medical officer Shs 1.1 million. The doctors also want salaries for nurses and midwives enhanced to about Shs 6.5 million besides providing them a three-bedroomed house, 2.0cc vehicle and one domestic worker.

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So if these doctors are given a house to live in without paying rent, and then given domestic workers, will they allow their workers to join the UNION? Most countries really do not have such luxuries for their medical staff and they really work hard and love their jobs.

 

 

 

 

 

In Uganda, All the medical staff that have gone on strike because of very low wages, have been given an order to return to work:

 



Health minister Jane Aceng. FILE PHOTO

Health minister Jane Aceng. FILE PHOTO

 

By EMMANUEL AINEBYOONA & ABUBAKER LUBOWA

UGANDA, KAMPALA. Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng says Uganda Medical Association (UMA) that organised the strike is not a registered union to lobby for labour rights.

She orders all doctors and intern doctors to resume work at once; directs UMA officials to stop interfering with Association members willing to work; promised protection for doctors who get back to work; and, says intern doctors who fail to comply will have their internships terminated and have to reapply. 

Health workers who were misled but realise their mistake and resume work will not be subjected to disciplinary procedure, she says. 
In An 8-point terse statement read at a press conference on Thursday night at Health ministry headquarters in Kampala, Dr Aceng says the doctors never gave formal 90-day notice and followed no public service procedure in declaring industrial action.

She says grievances about salary and working condition by public officials must have been channelled through the Public Service Negotiation and Consultation Council. This, she says, is the guidance by the Solicitor General, the technical arm of the Attorney General, the government chief legal advisor.

Dr Aceng tells the ongoing press conference that they, however, appreciate the doctors’ concerns as “genuine”.
She says the Office of the President directs all Resident District Commissioners (RDCs), who represent the President in districts, to monitor compliance of doctors with the new directive.

eainebyoona@ug.nationmedia.com 

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Are these Uganda medical staff kids, that have been misled badly, by some mature bad medical staff?

 

 

 

Wano e Buganda amalwaliro gonna agaddukanyizibwa governmenti ya Uganda tegakola, kubanga abasawo beddimye okukola, olwokufuna omusala ogutasobola kubabezawo:

By Musasi wa Bukedde

 

Added 8th November 2017

 

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Akulembera emivuyo gino gyonna wano Ebuganda akwate abasawo bano abaggalire e Luzira nga bweyalabudde. Kubanga abalwadde bajja kufa okusinga nga bwebabadde!

 

 

 

 

Mothers undergoing postnatal care at Mulago Hospital

Seven Supreme Court judges have unanimously agreed and ordered the Constitutional Court, to hear a case lodged against government in 2011, over its failure to provide basic maternal health kits for expectant mothers. 

The decision of the highest court strikes down the earlier ruling of the Constitutional Court, in which, it dismissed a case regarding the alleged violation of health rights of women and mistreatment of expectant mothers by health officials.

The Constitutional Court, in 2012 dismissed the case on the advise of the Attorney General that the petition was of 'political nature' that necessitated allocation of more funds to the health sector by the executive - something which court couldn't determine.

Today, justices; Esther Kisaakye, John Wilson Tsekooko, Galdino Okello, Jotham Tumwesigye, Benjamin Odoki, Christine Kitumba and Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe faulted the lower court for having erred in law, when they declined to hear the case.

Core to the petition is that government's refusal to provide essential maternal health services for pregnant women is a violation of their right to life and good health.

The case was lodged by a civil society group, Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), and two families who appealed against the earlier Constitutional Court ruling in the Supreme Court.

The petition cites two examples, whereby Sylvia Nalubowa (daughter of Rhoda Kukiriza) died from Mityana hospital due non-availability of maternal health kits in a government hospital. Also cited is Anguko Jennifer (wife to Inziku Valente) who is said to have died while giving birth, on allegations that the nurses adamantly refused to attend to her.

“I would therefore find that although the political question doctrine has limited application in Uganda, the Constitutional Court erred in law when it struck out the appellant's petition without hearing it on its merits on grounds that they had no jurisdiction and that the petition raised political questions…,” ruled Kisaakye.

“In conclusion, I would allow the appeal and make an order directing the Constitutional Court to proceed and hear the constitutional petition No. 16 of 2011 on its merits,” added Kisaakye.

Court ordered each party to bear its own costs on grounds that it was not the fault of either party that the petition by civil society was not heard on its merits.

In a press statement, CEHURD welcomed the ruling and praised the judiciary for standing up with the rights of the women.

 

Melinda Gates

The world will have to prioritise the health and wellbeing of women and children if it is to meet Sustainable Development Goals, the co-chair of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has advised.

Speaking at the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Conference (Global MNHC) in Mexico recently, Ms Melinda Gates, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said that newborns had been the forgotten community of the development agenda.

“For all the headway we have made on so many fronts, the hard truth is that progress on newborn health has lagged behind,” Ms Gates said.

The Global MNHC offers the first opportunity for policymakers, researchers, advocates, health experts and communities from over 75 countries to discuss evidence-based actions needed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. It also targets development of a global strategy for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and reduction of maternal and newborn deaths.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invests $130 million annually in maternal and newborn health. Mexico, the host country for the conference, is credited for pioneering successful policies and programmes to improve maternal and newborn health. Globally, the fertility rate has come down to 2.5 children per woman, while nine out of ten girls attend primary school and life expectancy has increased to 71.

Ms Gates noted that the health of newborns was intertwined with the wellbeing of their mothers and the two could not be separated. In particular, Uganda’s maternal mortality ratio has decreased from 780 deaths per100,000 live births to 360 deaths per 100,000 live births, although Uganda did not reach MDG 5 of 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to the Gates Foundation statistics.

Under-five mortality rate decreased from 187 deaths per 1,000 live births to 55 deaths per 1,000 live births, reaching MDG 4 target of 62 deaths per 1,000 live births. However, this is not enough.

The aim of SGD 3 is to reduce newborn mortality to at least 12 per 1,000 live births, under-five mortality to at least 25 per 1,000 live births; and maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births by 2030.

PLAYED PART

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested in building maternal homes across Africa so that as their due date nears, women are accommodated here. This eliminates the first delay that often puts millions of women’s lives in danger, the delay to reach a health centre.

While at maternal homes, pregnant mothers can learn about the benefits of eating well, breastfeeding, family planning, personal hygiene, and immunization.

The foundation also rallies governments around the world to increase their budgets to family planning. At the 2012 London conference on family planning, President Yoweri Museveni pledged to provide $5 million every year for five years for buying contraceptives and providing them to women who need them. Ms Gates says research has proved that helping a woman plan and space her pregnancies is the most effective way to save mothers and newborns.

EMPOWERING GIRLS

“It doesn’t end there. If women space their pregnancies, they are more likely to have healthy babies. If their babies are healthy, they are more likely to flourish as children.When health improves, life improves by every measure. Better health leads to better education, which leads to better economic opportunities, which lead to broader prosperity for communities and countries,” she said.

A mobile phone-based national health survey in Uganda, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, revealed that young people weren’t using family planning services. With this evidence, government is now prioritising young people in Uganda’s national family planning strategy.

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, noted that the discussions and decision made about adolescent girl will help in achieving SDGs because she is the entry point to the success the world is going to have. He argued that a girl who goes to school and stays there doesn’t get pregnant, especially if she uses contraception.

He warned that the ability of a woman to decide what to do with her body should not be the decision of any man.

“Why should he tell her when to or when not to have children?” Osotimehin said. “Why should we, in 2015, be dealing with the maternal mortality? If we can empower women to make their own decisions, we will achieve a lot in human development. The 225 million women in the world who want FP [family planning] must now get it,” Osotimehin said. 

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Melinda Gates

 

When Melinda Gates and her husband Bill went on safari to Zaire, they wanted to see animals. But they quickly realized that the world they were visiting was different from the world they were accustomed to back home in the United States, people were burdened by disease, poverty and lack of information.

Shifa Mwesigye spoke with Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the sidelines of the Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference in Mexico City about what her foundation has done to tune these misfortunes around in developing countries.

The conference came a month after the ratification of a new global framework for sustainable development, with ambitious new target called the Sustainable Development Goals.

Way back when the foundation was formed, what was the case, the voice or the story that made you start walking this walk and start this foundation?

When Bill and I got engaged, neither of us had ever been to Africa. That was in 1993. We took our first trip to Africa to go to this park in Zaire and see the animals. I loved the animals and I still love going to safari but we were really really touched by the people.

It really started a series of questions for us. This was just a few months before we go married. We had committed that we were going to take a beach vacation and we were going to talk about what we were going to do with the resources from Microsoft.

At the end of this trip, we decided that the vast majority of the resources that come from Microsoft were going to go back to society. When we were in Africa, these questions kept coming. Why was it that when we drove down the road, we would see towns shut down, open air markets, not great roads, men with flip-flops and smoking quite often?

A woman with a baby in the belly and one on the back and often with a huge bundle of sticks on her head that she was taking to the market.
We couldn’t get what was going on. Why would we fly from the States to Nairobi and have kind of a similar experience but then you get out in the rural areas, completely different.

Six months later, we read that one of the biggest killers in the world was diarrhoea. We were like, diarrhoea? Kids don’t die of diarrhoea. In the United States you go to the drug store, get a drug and if it is really bad you go to the doctor. And we started to learn that there was this huge lag that when a vaccine came out of the United States or UK or Japan, it took 20 to 25 years before it got to Kenya or Tanzania or Uganda.

We said, that doesn’t make sense and it seems that there are so many broken things that can be fixed. So we started to learn about what a foundation could do to fix them. And that really ignited our passion. There is a huge inequity in this world, we all have equal lives whether you are born in Nairobi or New Delhi or Johannesburg - all lives have equal value.  But it’s clear the world doesn’t treat them that way. So we would take the vast majority of resources from Microsoft and try to bring up the health equity. That is kind of how we got started.

What drove you to start working with women and girls and to address reproductive, maternal and child health challenges?

I have been really fortunate, for the last 15 years, to travel on behalf of the foundation. I am out in the developing world about three times a year. I would be out talking to men and women and when the men would go back to the fields, I would stay out talking to the women about their children and vaccines. The women would bring the conversation back around to reproductive health.

Particularly in African countries, they would ask ‘what about that shot I used to get in my arm.  I walked ten kilometres to the clinic and I would get it. Now I go there for immunisation but it is stocked out, I don’t know what to do’.

I ran into so many women who were outraged that they couldn’t have access when they wanted. They would say ‘I have five children, I can’t feed another one much less put them in school’. As I would come home, I started to sift through the data about contraceptives. I realised condoms were stocked around the world because of the various AIDS programs. But women would tell me they couldn’t negotiate a condom with their husband because if they did, it would suggest that she has Aids or he has Aids.

So I started to look at the huge need of 210 million women asking for contraception and I just said we had to do something about it. And that is why in 2012, we met partners at the London Summit on Family Planning and we raise $2.3 billion with a goal to give voluntary access for family planning to 120 million women. Once we committed that to the world, low, middle and high income countries started to come forward and said ‘I will come up with a country plan on what I want to do for my country’.

The great news is the African countries are coming up with their own cost effective family planning plans and the donor community can decide how much of those plans they can fund and if it is missing funding, they will go out and try to get a private donor. So my passion has come from the voices I have heard of so many saying they want this and they need it. It’s a life and death crisis for them and their families.

Your foundation has done a lot of work in terms of access to contraceptives. I want you to address the myths and misconceptions that continue to prevent women from accessing contraceptives.

The misconception I have heard the most is that contraceptive tools cause sterility which is just completely false. Yes, we should all be concerned about our health and anything we put in our body. You have to make sure that whatever tool you put out goes through the very best regulatory body and authority.

In USA there was a misconception for over 20 years that there was a certain vaccine that caused autism in children. It meant that families were backing away from it. As you know when a myth starts it gains momentum in communities. The same was true particularly in northern Nigeria where they thought that this is a western plot to introduce sterilisation.

That has spread to other African countries as well. Now we going and really telling people the truth. We are using local community workers to say that these are the facts, ‘I use it, my aunt uses it, my sister uses it and I still have more children because I haven’t been sterile’. Getting other women to talk about the reality and their person experience, that is how you burst through the myths.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, you have been there and many countries are still struggling with maternal deaths. What can be done to reduce such cases?

The great thing is that in countries like Malawi, they realised that the biggest problem was out in the villages. Even though the public policy was put out, they started to realise the implementation of the policy wasn’t working. They had to get women to come into the clinic and come in early.

So now they are building maternity waiting homes so that they have a place for women to wait when they come to the clinic. They have transport to pick them up a month ahead. They are also training midwives out in the villages so that you will have incredibly well trained midwives. Having a train skilled birth attendant in the communities, we are starting to see some downward trend on maternal mortality rates.

The last thing is bringing the tribal chiefs along in the plan. You have to get the men and boys involved when you talk about women and girls because they are often the ones making the decisions and providing them resources.

15 years later and over $30 billion investment, what have been your achievements particularly in Uganda? What lessons have you learnt from your work and how do you feel when you launch a program in a country, invest in it and when you leave it closes?

Of course not very good. Your question hits the nail on the head. If we go and do work in any country and the country doesn’t see it as their work and they don’t own it, it is not going to be sustained.

Everything that our foundation does, we try to do it in partnership with governments. That is not always easy, sometimes it slows things down, but the government has to own it because if they own it they will maintain it and they will keep adding to it - same thing about local communities.

If you want to reach a girl or woman in a local community, you have to know where she is coming from. You have to understand the power structures that exist around her, what is holding her back and where the opportunities are to invest in her and give her a voice in decision making.

If you could get the local support to do some of these grassroots efforts, that is when you make progress. So in Uganda, we work with several of the youth groups to bring to light the issues going on in Uganda through plays and dramas.

We are also trying to highlight family planning in Uganda. The government finally made a commitment. It is small in terms of dollar commitment but they actually have a goal now for themselves. The fact that we have this resource at a global level that they can come for, we will start to see Uganda making some strides

What is your take on empowering communities and citizens to demand for safe motherhood?

I am a huge believer in empowering communities. All over the world one of the things we see is that if you have collective individuals who are not being given their rights, when they come together as a collective and approach the government, they are far more likely to make progress.

We saw it in India with HIV and Aids were men and women who had HIV and Aids demanded for their rights, saying ‘I have a right to the medicine and you cannot discriminate against me’. Then the government started giving out the services. So in Africa we are seeing citizen groups demanding for services, it pushes the governments to do the right thing and it pulls the services through. The only way you can achieve this citizen advocacy is that they have to be home-grown, they have to be generic.

Trainers have to come from the communities because then people listen to them and this makes much more sense.

Melinda Gates visits a newborn at Wakhinane health post in Dakar Senegal. Photo: Frederic Courbet

As you have seen travelling around Africa, problems for African women are many, does this burden you or it drives you more?

I see huge problems in Africa from female genital cutting to child marriage but is the world as a whole getting better for women? Yes, and I see it particularly in the urban places that I go to [like] Arusha in Tanzania or Nairobi. Still you have places where you have slums on the edge but we start to get changes.

The way we know that life is improving is, by measuring things like income, poverty reduction, maternal mortality and childhood mortality.  A woman bears the extra burden or responsibility if her child is sick compared to the man. The fact that malaria deaths are down by 40% means that things are better not just for the people who had the malaria deaths but for the woman in the household. I certainly carry it heavily when I am in Africa or Bangladesh and it is tearful.

I go back to the hotel and weep because I have seen some very horrific things happening to women. I see hope and I see progress. When I see a woman in Bangladesh or Kenya and she is starting to make money payments over her phone, when she can get a remittance on her phone and she has access to her own finances, wow, that is progress.

I am starting to see these innovations taking hold and what I want to see is that they take hold equally. Women are still behind by 21% in cell phone services. In banking services they are behind by 40% but the great thing we can do is to stimulate the cell phone companies to market and get the services to women. So I think there is a lot of progress for women and those are the things that I hang onto and they keep me hopeful on some of the dark things.

You mentioned earlier the challenges in USA on maternal death, why is that so in a developed country like USA and what can Ugandans and Rwandans learn from the American challenge?

One of the mistakes the United States made is that we got to a certain point and we didn’t keep investing. Certain areas in the rural US, in the south and some of the big urban area like [Washington] DC have terrible maternal mortality rates [and] in the places where we have the most impoverished people - we haven’t continued to make the investment.

In the places where we have the most impoverished people, we haven’t continued to make the investment. That needs to happen because we know what to do but we just aren’t doing it as a country. We try to get the government to go back and reach the women with the right messages around contraceptives.

These outreach health models in African where the local community adds up to the next clinic that eventually adds up to the tertiary hospital, United States needs to invest more in these community health workers that go out and give mothers prenatal and post natal visits, immunisation and family planning.

We understand that malaria and HIV are difficult viruses and diseases to solve. But why are 2.5 billion people around the world are still living without toilets? Is there a lack of political will regarding this? And lives are being saved but they are not being transformed, is this failure of global policymakers?

It is not just about surviving, it is about thriving. What I like about the new SDGs is that we are saying it is not enough to make sure a child lives. How do you make sure they thrive? If they are born healthy and they get the right vaccine, they live to age five. If you don’t make the right nutrition investment, that child is not going to grow up to reach their full potential.

They are not going to be able to learn in school, they will not participate in the economy the right way. So we have to look at all the health investment, education investment. So it is not enough to grow up healthy, you have to make sure you are educated properly and that you can participate in society. To me sanitation is just one of those basics that everybody should have a right to.

One of the things the foundation is investing in is a waterless toilet. We can build a more efficient toilet that doesn’t require water. The output from it can be used and recycled back into the land as fertilizer. So we have deep investment trying to reinvent the toilet and it will help with diarrhoea but also help with dignity.

Why then is such an obvious thing taking so long for the world to understand? Why the lack of political will because sanitation is such an obvious thing. It affects everything all kinds of health policies.

You could ask yourself the same about vaccines 15 years ago. Vaccines are one of the lowest cost innovations but it’s about how do you make investment as a government for your people. Whatever reasons the governments hasn’t made investment in sanitation, they ought to do it.

 


The National Medical Stores (NMS) has dismissed claims that there is a shortage of drugs and sundries in the country of Uganda.


 

The Government Medical Stores at Entebbe are all full up with medical prescription drugs to service over 2500 outlets for the public health clinics and hospitals.

 

 

“I get disturbed when I hear anybody saying there they do not have Mama Kits or even ARVs for instance.We do not have any shortage. In fact what we do not have is enough space for all the batches. As I speak we have our containers at Nakawa. We only get space when we receive more orders,” said the NMS executive director, Moses Kamabare during a media tour of the drugs warehouse at Entebbe yesterday.

Kamabare said NMS delivers medicines, sundries and laboratory supplies to all the 2900 public health facilities across the country.

“For all government and accredited facilities, we supply them twice a month according to orders.For regional referral hospitals, we do deliveries once every month,” said Kamabare.

“We have a system that enables us to process emergency orders within 24 hours. We also work on weekends and public holidays, but some hospitals often let us down. They may tell you they are not open on weekends, yet the patients are stuck,” he added.

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All the modern drugs are available even if one finds lots of this type of medical stocks in the normal private chemist shops in the city of Kampala. They are sold at very high prices. 

 

He further explained that some of the health facilities were not affiliated to the drug delivery system.

“If there is a new facility in your village, it misses out unless it receives certification from the health and finance ministries,” said Kamabare.

 

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