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Improve Budget Allocation To Health Sector – Mpuuga

Leader of opposition in parliament, Mathias Mpuuga has urged the government to improve the budget allocation to the health sector. He said this after interacting with health workers at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital.

Dr Sophie Namasopo, the director of the hospital said funding challenges have compromised service delivery at the facility.

“We are alive to the requirements of the Abuja declaration which requires us to allocate at least 15 percent of our budgets to health. The last time I checked, we were still at 8 percent. It is going even down this financial year. That should really be something to concern all of us,” Mpuuga said.

Dr. Sophie revealed that this financial year, the hospital which serves all the six districts in Kigezi sub-region and part of Ntungamo district was allocated Shs 1.2 billion.

This was to cater for drugs and other medical supplies which she said is inadequate to meet the demand on the ground. On top of this, the hospital also has electricity issues.

This is part of the reasons doctors put down their tools even in Kampala. They say support from government is very limited and their salaries are so low compared to the work they do.

The government has not reached a substantial agreement with the doctors yet. This move has caused a lot of damage in the health sector which has affected patients.

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