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Masaka Catholic Diocese Seeks Additional Support for Private Health Facilities :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Catholic Diocese Seeks Additional Support for Private Health Facilities

Reverend Father Emmanuel Ssekamanya, the Assistant Coordinator of Health Services in Masaka Diocese, argues that despite supplementing the government in the delivery of adequate healthcare to the community, many of the Church founded health facilities in the area are operating under hard times due to limited budgets.
Managers of Private not for Profit Health Centrs recieving some of admission beds in Masaka, They asked Parliament to allocate the facilities more support

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The leadership of Masaka Catholic Diocese has asked the government to increase its direct support to non-profit health institutions to facilitate their effective operations in the community. 

Reverend Father Emmanuel Ssekamanya, the Assistant Coordinator of Health Services in Masaka Diocese, argues that despite supplementing the government in the delivery of adequate healthcare to the community, many of the Church founded health facilities in the area are operating under hard times due to limited budgets.  

In the ten districts that fall under Masaka diocese, the Church operates two general hospitals of St Lawrence Villa Maria located in Kalungu district and St Joseph Hospital Kitovu in Masaka City, one Health IV in Kyamulibwa Sub County in Kalungu, and over 29 health centers at level III distributed in the different locations.

Fr Ssekamanya says the facilities are providing adequate care for patients at very subsidized costs yet they seemingly operate in competition with the government in terms of staff remuneration.

He made the demand through the area Members of Parliament for Masaka City led by the Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga, who handed over a consignment of 60 patients’ beds to various private non-profit health facilities.   

Fr Ssekamanya indicates because some of these hospitals are well equipped and highly specialized and offer some of the services that cannot be found in government facilities in the area, it is proper for the government to take up the responsibility of catering for remunerations of the critical staff such as specialists who are needed at these facilities.

Although the government provides them with some support such as Primary Health Care-PHC grants, he says this has now become minimal compared to the prevailing cost of managing the facilities.

He explains that when the government recently raised the salaries of its science cadres including health workers; it created a structural income inequality among same-level professionals, hence affecting staff retention in the private not-for-profit health facilities because they are yet to provide a uniform payment scale.

(Luganda Bite) //Cue in: “abantu bangi….  

Cue out: …gano og’obwanakyewa.”// 

Doctor Alfred Lumala, the Medical Superintendent of St Joseph Hospital Kitovu also wants to provide subsidies for modern medical equipment the private hospital would wish to procure, saying that this will make specialized health services more affordable and available to the public. 

Mpuuga indicated they already presented the demands before the government through their alternative policy statement, saying that they are still pushing the duty bearers to find it of significance for better and relatively equitable services delivery in the country.

//Cue in: “bwenali nkola….

Cue out: ….kkola ogwaffe.”// 

The different actors including health practitioners have repeatedly urged the government to take advantage of its direct resource contribution to private not-for-profit health service providers, to advance the Universe Health Coverage across the country; as a deliberate effort toward fulfilling the UN Sustainable Development Goal-SDG-3.