In addition to the salary increment, the Ministry of Health will offer scholarships to medical workers.
PIC: Nursing students in a practical lesson. An enrolled nurse currently earning sh413,158 will earn sh613,158
HEALTH WORKERS- Doctors’ salaries are to be increased in the next financial year, according to the health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, as she delivered a statement on the Health sector performance in line with the NRM manifesto 2016-2021.
According to the revised salary scale, a senior consultant currently earning sh3,447,065 will earn sh4,500,000, a consultant currently earning sh3,059,079 will earn sh4,200,000, an enrolled nurse currently earning sh413,158 will earn sh613,158.
In addition to the salary increment, the Ministry of Health will offer scholarships to medical workers. The scholarships will be funded by the World Bank loan and grant from the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman and Child and Swedish International Development Aid.
“The Government will offer the following scholarships for critical cadres: 24 bachelors in anesthesia, 29 diplomas in anesthesia, 30 certificates in theatre techniques (Theatre Assistants), 4 diplomas in paediatric nursing and 4 masters of medicine in obstetrics and gynecology,” Acen said.
A number of medical officers will also benefit from free housing, as the minister noted that construction of 68 staff houses in Karamoja region under Italian Government grant would be completed by December 2018.
Additionally, the Government of Uganda also secured funding from the African Development Bank to develop the Uganda Cancer Institute into a Regional Centre of Excellence in oncology care, research and training.
“One hundred seventy eight specialists have been funded to pursue different courses in cancer-related disciplines, including 14 specialist oncology fellowships (10 of whom are in the fellowship training programmes at the Uganda Cancer Institute), radio pharmaceutics and 10 PhDs,” the minister said.
Furthermore, the ministry, using the loan from the World Bank, will upgrade 125 Health Centre IIs to IIIs and as well as renovate 80 Health Centre IIIs to fully functionalise their maternity wards, laboratories and provide staff accommodation for critical staff.
The minister said the recently conducted National Household Survey (2015) and Uganda Demographic Health Survey (2016), both show significant improvements in the key health indicators as a result of increased funding to the sector to support implementation of the planned interventions.