Saturday, 25 October 2014

Health ministry to replace all unqualified hospital managers.Drive Hot News


A mother and her baby at Ogur Health Centre IV in Lira District recently. The Annual Health Sector Report says Mubende Regional Referral Hospital tops the list of hospitals where mothers have high chances of dying while giving birth. It is followed by Arua and Hoima hospitals respectively. 

KAMPALA. 
The Ministry of Health is to redeploy all hospital heads without qualifications in hospital management, the State minister for Health in Charge of General Duties, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, has said.
The development follows a report from the 20th Joint Health Sector Review meeting showing risky hospitals for pregnant mothers during delivery coupled with poor performance.
The Annual Health Sector Report revealed that Mubende Regional Referral Hospital topped the list of hospitals where mothers have high chances of dying while delivering.
Mubende was followed by Arua and Hoima hospitals respectively. Low risk hospitals for mothers were named as Naguru, Mengo and Kabale.
Dr Tumwesigye said so far six hospital superintendents have been redeployed and plans for recruiting new ones are ongoing.
According to the minister, hospital superintendents in acting positions without hospital management qualification will not survive the knife.
The hospitals were assessed based on: admissions, outpatient visits, deliveries, antenatal care, family planning, postnatal and immunisation.
However, Dr Tumwesigye said hospital performance differences are informed by the level of staffing, funding and equipment. “The worst performing hospitals like Mubende had only one doctor,” Dr Tumwesigye said, adding that all gaps have been identified and will be fixed.
He also said the ministry is to recruit more 3,000 health workers on permanent contract to address the challenge of human resource deficit in the country.
State minister for Primary Health Care Sarah Opendi, said: “This joint review discussed matters of accountability, let’s be accountable to our people in showing value for money, reducing maternal mortality and neonatal mortality.