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39 Ugandan Districts Have No Hospitals

The minister said that the island and mountainous districts like Buvuma, Kalangala, Namayingo, Mayuge and Namisindwa deserve special attention because of their geographical location. She explained that the ministry needs 1.3 trillion Shillings to construct 41 hospitals in the listed districts. She was presenting a report on the state of health service delivery in Uganda.
12 Mar 2019 17:53

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Up to 39 districts in Uganda do not have any Hospital.  This is mainly because most of them not have the recommended population catchment for a General Hospital, Health Minister Dr Jane Ruth Aceng has told parliament.  

The National Health Policy recommends that a General Hospital should serve a population of 500,000, people while a Health Center IV should serve a population size of 100,000 people. A Health Center III serves 20,000 people and a Health Center II serves 5,000 people.   

But the districts of Alebtong, Amuru, Bukedea, Bukomansimbi, Bulambuli, Buvuma, Buyende, Dokolo, Gomba, Isingiro, Kalangala, Kaliro, Kamwenge, Kibuku, Koboko, Kole, Kotido, Kween, Kyankwanzi, Kyegegwa, Luuka and Lamwo, do not have the recommended catchment population for the facilities.  

Districts without a government hospital also include Lwengo, Manafwa, Mitooma, Nakapiripirit, Namutumba, Namayingo, Ntoroko, Otuke, Pader, Rubirizi, Serere, Sironko, Kibale, Kakumiro, Rubanda and Omoro.   Amuria, Serere and Isingiro districts are the only districts; among those with no hospitals that have the recommended catchment population.  

The minister said that the island and mountainous districts like Buvuma, Kalangala, Namayingo, Mayuge and Namisindwa deserve special attention because of their geographical location.  She explained that the ministry needs 1.3 trillion Shillings to construct 41 hospitals in the listed districts. She was presenting a report on the state of health service delivery in Uganda. 

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The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga observed that the Minister’s statement lacked details on where and how parliament can intervene to improve health service delivery. She directed the Health Services Committee of Parliament to draft a motion with specific action points that will be debated by the House over the state of health services in Uganda.     

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The committee has been given 14 days to draft and present the motion.