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Uganda In Desperate Need Of More Pediatrician Surgeons

Uganda In Desperate Need Of More Pediatrician Surgeons

In a move to increase access to surgical services among children by the government, it has emerged that there are only 8 pediatric surgeons in the entire country.

The revelation came to light at Mulago National Referral Hospital at the launch of a five-year plan to improve the pediatric surgical care system across the country. Dr. John Senkabirwa, the head of Pediatrics Surgery at Mulago hospital made the revelation.

The CEO of Kid’s Operating Room Dr. David Kaningham, said this ambitious plan will cost government about shs21b.

Dr. Senkabirwa has now highlighted the need to train more surgeons who will have to work on a population of about 20 million children.

“We are eight pediatric surgeons. But as you can imagine we serve a big population. If the Uganda population is about 45 million people and the child population below 18 years who we treat is more than 50%. So 7 pediatric surgeons is just a drop of water in the ocean,” De. Senkabirwa said.

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