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Activists want extra Shs75b health funds

As the Social Services Committee in Parliament prepares to pass Shs1 trillion health budget this afternoon, activists demand that an additional Shs75 billion be passed as a supplementary budget for the health sector to address staff recruitment and remuneration.
This, they say, will be key in curbing the current sorry state of maternal health, with about 6,000 women dying while giving birth annually.
According to the activists, an additional Shs75b is enough to recruit 5,000 professional health workers and enhance their allowances, which is the ministry of health target this year.
The country Director International HIV/Aids Alliance, Mr Leonard Okello, said there was no need to spend money on supervision when there were no workers to oversee the health centres.
“Rural health facilities are understaffed that is why regional and national hospitals are always flooded. Why can’t government facilitate only one supervisor and use the rest of the money to staff health centres?” Mr Okello said.

Source: Daily monitor


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