Health

Between 1962 and 1971, and 1981 and 1985 the UPC government provided free quality healthcare for all. Public healthcare systems and services have completely collapsed. Physical infrastructures are dilapidated; no drugs; inadequate, demoralized medical personnel; poor pay and conditions of service and outflow of highly trained and skilled medical personnel to other countries. Consequently, the range and quality of health care provided to Ugandans have acutely declined. For instance, between, 1959 - 1969, there was one doctor for every 14,060 persons, and life expectancy was 52 for men and 55 years for women. Contrastingly today under the NRM, there is only one doctor to 24,750 persons, and life expectancy for males and females is 46 and 47 years, respectively. The current doctor-persons ratio is only comparable to figures during Idi Aminís regime when by 1977 there was one doctor for every 27,600 persons.

Objective

End segregation in the delivery of health care. A healthy society where every citizen --woman, man and child--has access to adequate and free quality health care services provided by well trained, well paid, highly motivated and professional medical personnel

Plan and Commitment

• Increase health budgetary allocation from the current 8% to 15% of the national budget.
• Fully rehabilitate the 22 hospitals built by UPC, within 3 years.
• Fully rehabilitate the 13 regional referral hospitals within the first 3 years.
• Recruit at least 10 doctors and 20 nurses for each of the 22 hospitals and provide at least an ambulance for every hospital, within 3 years.
• Aim to achieve a doctor-to-population ratio of 1 doctor for every 10,000 persons, within 4 years.
• Build three 100 bed hospitals in Metropolitan Kampala, within 5 years, in order to relieve Mulago Hospital, and reserve its role as national referral hospital.
• Fully rehabilitate Mulago Hospital as a national referral hospital.

Neglected Health Care Services

Under Museveni/NRM rule, healthcare is segregated; there is quality medical service for those who can afford the very high cost of private hospitals and clinics, and there is nothing for ordinary people.

• Construct 4 specialized regional hospitals for children’s specialist medical care within 5 years.
• Construct 4 specialized regional hospitals for women’s specialist medical care, within 5 years.
• Eliminate cost sharing in delivery of health care services.
• Provide special motivation to healthcare workers and
medical personnel through significant increase in remuneration, improved housing and other conditions of service, these should be at least comparable to neighbouring countries.
• Provide incentives for remote and hard- to- work in parts of the country.
• Develop and promote a comprehensive national public health programme and campaign.
• Rehabilitate and expand health centres to promote primary healthcare, including immunization and vaccination.

HIV/ AIDS

• Provide Anti-Retroviral drugs / treatment to all HIV positive persons.
• Support HIV / AIDS prevention measures to reduce the number of new HIV infections.
• Promote couples voluntary testing and counselling, medical male circumcision, increased access to ARVs, and reframing the HIV prevention agenda.

 
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