By Ambrose Gahene
President Museveni has tasked the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) and the Ministry of Health to identify key capital investments such as medical and diagnostic Equipment, needed in the treatment of Ugandans rather than reiterate their positions on salary.
In a statement issued last Monday, by the President’s Principle Private Secretary (PPS), Ms Molly Kamukama, Museveni argues that buying necessary equipment is easily done as compared to expenditures on salaries.
“His Excellency also tasked the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Educations and Sports to work with UMA to identify key capital investments such as medical and diagnostics equipment needed in the treatment of our people. Capital Investments are a one-time expenditure and can therefore be done more easily than recurrent expenditures like salaries,” the statement reads in part. Museveni also suggest a phased approach of prioritizing doctors pay, starting with lower ranked medical officers going upwards.
“Salary enhancement should start with the lower cadres first, so that nurses for example can take home a minimum package in range of Shs600,000, subject to discussions and recommendations of the salary review commission. The entry level salary for a medical officer could be Shs 5million,” the statement continues.