Kabale Leaders Fail To Pay Doctor's Monthly Allowances

2020 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Medical doctors in Kabale district may have to wait a little longer before getting a salary top up promised to them by area leaders in May.

Medical doctors in Kabale district may have to wait a little longer before getting a salary top up promised to them by area leaders in May.
 
Leaders from Kabale held a conference in May 2011 and observed that doctors in the district were abandoning work to look for better in the neighboring Rwanda. The leaders then agreed to maintain the doctors in Kabale by toping up on their monthly salaries with an unspecified amount of money.

The leaders first failed to agree on the source of the top up money. While some said the money should come from area MPs’ Constituency Development Fund, others argued that it should come the district local revenue. Later, the meeting resolved that the money be got from the district local revenue beginning with the 2011/2012 financial year.

However, two months into the financial year, the doctors are yet to receive the promised allowances.

Dr. Gilbert Mateka, the Rugarama hospital administrator told URN that the idea was good but it remained on the paper.
He says some doctors are joining non government organizations because they have allowances, which they can’t get while working in Kabale.

Patrick Besigye Kaihwa, Kabale district Chairman told our reporter that the district has failed to get funds to convene council sessions and even pay councilors’ allowances.
He says the resolution was just a mere dream as the district has its own problems and requires some external support.
 
Kaihwa is not sure whether the district will get money to top up on the doctors allowances. But area MPs believe the district is in position to ensure that the doctors are maintained. Ninsiima Ronah Ritah, the Kabale Woman MP says they asked the district to take the lead for the sustainability of the program.

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Rukiga County legislator, Jack Sabiiti says that the district should not run away from the responsibility. He says that they need to force the district to fulfill the promise if the health sector, which is appalling in the district, is to be improved.

All the eight Health Centre Fours in Kabale have no doctors, while Kabale referral hospital has only 6 doctors with no surgeon.

Dr. Patrick Tusiime, the District Health Officer agrees that the district leadership should help government in maintaining their doctors. He says Kabale loses at least 3-5 doctors annually, who get better jobs elsewhere.