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Ministry Of Health In Staff Crisis

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th July 2003 03:00 AM

THE Ministry of Health has a severe shortage of trained staff with scores of half-trained or untrained nurses manning national and regional referral hospitals.

By Cyprian Musoke
THE Ministry of Health has a severe shortage of trained staff with scores of half-trained or untrained nurses manning national and regional referral hospitals.

The grim picture was uncovered by an investigation by the Uganda Nurses and Mid-wifery Council presented yesterday to MPs by the council’s registrar, Florence Rita Matte.

The Director-General of health services, Prof. Francis Omaswa, said mediocre nurses were messing up basic health services.

“I want to inform you that the people enrolling for nursing training and those passed out are not qualified, a majority of them having bribed their way and others buying places of others who qualified,” Matte said.

State minister for health Mike Mukula and the professionals attributed the deterioration to the transfer, several years ago, of the nurses’ training from health to education ministry which lacks the technical know-how.

Matte said nurses shunned wards for practical training, saying they paid for tuition to attend lectures and not to be subjected to ‘the dirty work’.

“They (Ministry) may not be aware of the difficulties we are experiencing on the quality of nurses we have. We will be in very big problems if we do not handle the training of these professionals,” Omaswa said.
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Ministry Of Health In Staff Crisis

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