Health Activists Laud Govt for Health Budget Increase

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Mbabazi Penina, a health activist with Uganda Debt Network, says the Shillings 584 billion increment on the health budget is a great improvement to the sector.

Health activists have lauded government for increasing the health sector budget from Shillings 1.270 trillion in the 2015/2016 financial year to Shillings 1.854 trillion in the new financial year.

 
While presenting the new financial year budget estimates on Wednesday, Buyanja MP, Matia Kasaija, said access to inclusive quality healthcare services is essential in ensuring the wellbeing of Ugandans.

 
He said in the financial year ending, government sought to improve access to quality health care by constructing and equipping hospitals and health centers. He said government also improved the capacity of Uganda Virus Research Institute to enable detection of new viruses.

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He also notes that more health infrastructure such as teaching institutions and specialized hospitals will be established in the new financial year.


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Mbabazi Penina, a health activist with Uganda Debt Network, says the Shillings 584 billion increment on the health budget is a great improvement to the sector.
 

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Imelda Namugara, also a health activist says she expects to see a change in the health service delivery given the increase in funding. She however notes that government has to address issues of infant and maternal mortality so as to have an impact in the sector.

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).