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Address shortage of medical workers

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th March 2008 03:00 AM

EDITOR — The Government must come up with a strategy for paying health workers good salaries and benefits in order to maintain good quality health care. Instead of exporting nurses to the West, the Government should establish more hospitals and employ more nurses, but pay them well.Exporting nurse

EDITOR — The Government must come up with a strategy for paying health workers good salaries and benefits in order to maintain good quality health care. Instead of exporting nurses to the West, the Government should establish more hospitals and employ more nurses, but pay them well.Exporting nurses makes no logical sense. We cannot afford to let our people die , while the professionals go to look after strangers in other countries. Our politicians need to be reminded that “charity begins at home”.

Besides, how does the Government decide which nurses can or cannot work abroad? I assume every nurse would like to have the opportunity to work abroad. Therefore, unless this exercise is done on a rotational basis, we shall end up not having enough health care workers in the country.
- Aniyali Amanyi
North America


EDITOR — I do appreciate the effort of the Government in providing health services to the rural poor and vulnerable citizens. However, these services are limited by the quality of the care and access in some areas.

The concept of “hard to reach” has been hijacked by persons who live in the city, claiming to be operating under difficult circumstances. The Government has put in place adequate resources for training health care providers at no cost.

Isn’t that patriotic enough?

Improving health services delivery to genuine “hard to reach” areas should be done as follows:
- The Government should introduce a national service for all persons who have been granted government scholarship, to serve for a minimum of one year after graduation in areas delineated as hard to reach. Their certificates and transcripts should then be released after successfully completing the national service.

- A person who accessed government scholarship can opt not to go for national service by refunding the cost of his/her medical education.
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- The Government should revise tax regimes and incentives for health workers stationed in genuine hard to reach areas.
I believe that if the Government takes these initiatives, we will not have an acute shortage of health workers in certain areas.

Dr. James Elima
Moroto Hospital

Address shortage of medical workers

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