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Uganda's bid to export health workers slammed

Jun 02, 2015 Written by 

Ugandan civil society groups fighting maternal mortality petitioned the  Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga to intervene and put a stoppage on  the move by the exportation of Uganda’s health workers to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to export health workers to Trinidad and Tobago.

"To export 100 midwives has the effect of withdrawing maternal health services from 900,000 mothers in Uganda. The export of doctors deprives care to 1.2 million Ugandan patients,” said Sam Senfuka of White Ribbon Alliance Uganda during a meeting with the Speaker where the petition was presented.
According to the press release of the coalition, These health workers represent 11% of Uganda’s national capacity in obstetrics and gynecology, 16% in internal medicine, 15% in paediatrics, 25% in neurosurgery, 27% in pathology, 37% in psychiatry, 53% in orthopedics, 67% in urology and 71% in radiology.

In additional, the petition demanded that parliament passed the FY2015/16 budget that priorities health wage enhancements and other motivations for midwives and other front line health workers in order to improve the health sector in Uganda. 

IPPRU, WRA Uganda, AMREF, AHGA Uganda, Health GAP and the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union amongst other form the team that uninally forwarded that petition

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