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Kabarole in health worker shortage despite incentives. :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Kabarole in health worker shortage despite incentives.

Last year, 180 heath workers were recruited in a move to improve health delivery services in health centres, however only 50 reported for work, causing a shortage of health workers in the facilities.

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Provision of incentives to health workers in Kabarole district has failed to address shortage of health workers. 

In 2013, Kabarole district introduced incentives like free housing and allowances to attract health workers to work in hard to reach areas.

The incentive was introduced since most health workers were demotivated because of inadequate salaries, heavy workloads and often absconded from duty.

Last year, 180 heath workers were recruited in a move to improve health delivery services in health centres, however only 50 reported for work, causing a shortage of health workers in the facilities.

George Thembo, the in-charge Katebwa health centre III says six health workers were deployed to the health facility, given free accommodation but they later absconded.

He says health workers especially the midwives, struggle to provide services with no delivery kits like  gauze or cotton wool an protective gear  among others. 

Thembo says that apart from providing incentives, the government should also renovate the facilities to make them attractive to the health workers deployed to work there.

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Rose Bbira, a midwife who was posted to Karangura Health Centre III but worked for a week and abandoned the facility, says that despite free accommodation and a monthly allowance of one hunded thousand shillings, the house she was given wasn\'t decent to live in.

Bbira says that the house had cracked walls and a leaking ceiling.  Bbira also says that she was told to renovate the house using her own funds. 

The shortage of health workers is putting the lives of patients in danger. The few medical workers complain of fatigue, lack of rest and end up turning away patients seeking treatment from the health centers.

Sam Kasigazi, a resident of Katebwa trading centre says the lack of medical workers has been disappointing to patients seeking services.

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Richard Obet, the Kabarole district health officer says that workers who abandon the health centres face disciplinary action. He explains that the district health budget is inadequate to give the workers decent accommodation. 



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