The recommendation is carried in a report presented before Parliament’s Budget Committee by Health Committee Chairperson Dr Charles Ayume. The proposed budget for the Health Sector presented in the National Budget Framework Paper for the financial year 2022/2023 is 2.2 trillion Shillings.
Parliament’s Health Committee has recommended a
reversal of the Health sector budget cuts totalling 113.1 billion Shillings.
The recommendation is carried in a report presented before
Parliament’s Budget Committee by Health Committee
Chairperson Dr Charles Ayume. The proposed budget for the Health Sector presented in the National Budget Framework Paper for the financial year
2022/2023 is 2.2 trillion Shillings.
Ayume noted that his committee had been informed of
a proposal by the Ministry of Finance to raise additional funding through rationalization
of different budgets for Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The planned budget cuts
include a 15.6 billion Shillings cut from the Ministry of Health, 80
billion Shillings from National Medical Stores (NMS), and 2.4 billion Shillings from Uganda Virus
Research Institute (UVRI).
The other cuts in the
sector are five billion Shillings reduced on the Uganda Heart Institute budget,
750 Million from Uganda Blood Transfusion Services, and 6.8 billion Shillings from Mulago
National Referral Hospital. Ayume said that the different budget cuts will
affect operations in the health sector and the Ministry.
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Besides the budget cuts, Dr Ayume told the Budget Committee that the Health Sector has a number of unfunded and underfunded
priorities for the next financial year totalling which collectively sum up to 1.8 trillion Shillings.
Some of the activities cited by Ayume are 92 billion
Shillings required to procure specialized medicines for Mulago National
Referral hospital, 139 billion Shillings for diagnostic equipment needs at different Regional
Referral Hospitals, 27 billion Shillings to procure 100 vehicles for consultants, 70
billion Shillings to minimize stock out for essential medicines, and 115 billion to enhance
salaries of health workers and others.
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Gomba Woman MP Sylvia Nayebare asked her colleagues to support the
recommendation of reversing the budget cuts saying that the health sector is
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Buyamba County MP Gyavira Ssemwanga said that the health budget was being cut at a critical time
when there is a need to fight COVID-19 and also equip health centres. He
questioned why the Finance Ministry would propose budget cuts to Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) yet it is at the centre of research on COVID-19.
Mudimi Wamakuyu, the Budget Committee Vice Chairperson said that they would
consider the proposals from the Health Committee.