By Goodluck Musinguzi
Ministry of Health through its Health Service Commission and districts have increased staffing levels at 75% both in Regional Referral Hospitals and Local Governments.
Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health says every year Government increases the wage for health workers which is used to recruit more staffs.
“In financial year 2014/15 staffing levels in health facilities were at 69%, increased further to 73% which was 45,029 0ut of the 61,796 approved posts. From 2018/19, there was increased wage for health workers starting with July”, Dr Diana Atwine said
Among the Regional Referral Hospitals Moroto, Kabale and Gulu RRHs have the lowest staffing levels at 60%, 64% and 66% respectively. Staffing level is lowest at the Mininstry of Health Headquarter level with 44% staffing and this is largely due to the implementation of the new structure approved in 2017.
Staffing level in specialized health institutions—UBTS, UCI, UHI and UVRI is also low at 52%. The staffing level at the newly established national referral hospitals is also still very low with Kawempe NRH at only 16%, Kiruddu NRH at 29% and Mulago SWNH at 34%.
There is an increase in the staffing level for the District Health Office from 46% in 2018/19 to 69% in 2019/20. It is critical that Local Governments recruit to fill the vacant posts at this management level as it is key in ensuring quality health service delivery.
By June 2020 these were the staff levels, Ministry of Health Headquarters is supposed to 634 but only 282 staff are recruited282.
Mulago National Referral Hospital is supposed to have 2,621 staffs but currently it has 2,103 which is 80%
Mulago Specialized Women Neonatal Hospital needs 887 staffs currently it has 299 which 34%
Butabika Mental National Referral Hospital needs 533 staffs currently it has 393 which is 74%
China Uganda Friendship Hospital -Naguru NRH is supposed to have 349 staffs, currently it has 292 which is 84%.
Kawempe National Referral Hospital is supposed to have 316 staffs but it has 52 which is 16%.
Kiruddu NRH is supposed to have 829 staffs currently it has 244 which is 29%.
Uganda Blood Transfusion Service needs 413 staffs currently it has 239 which is 58%
Uganda Cancer Institute needs 262 staffs , currently it has 128 which is 49%.
Uganda Heart Institute needs 191 staffs currently it has 109 which is 57%.
Uganda Virus Research Institute needs 211 staffs currently it has 87 is 41%.
Regional Referral Hospital staffing has improved
Arua Regional Referral Hospital needs 359 staffs currently it has 273 which is 76%
Fort Portal RRH needs 374 currently they have 293 which is 78%.
Gulu RRH needs 458 staffs currently it has 302 which is 66%
Hoima RRH needs 349 staffs currently it has 323 which 93%
Jinja RRH needs 349 staffs currently 344 which is 99%
Kabale RRH needs 412 staffs currently it has 263 which 64%
Lira RRH needs 418 staffs currently it has 299 which is 72%
Masaka RRH needs 349 staffs currently it has 255 which is 73%
Mbale RRH needs 443 staffs currently it has 336 which 76%
Mbarara RRH needs 395 staffs currently it has 301 which is 76%
Moroto RRH needs 427 staffs currently it has 258 which is 60%
Mubende RRH needs 347 staffs currently it has 258 which is 74%
Soroti RRH needs 348 staffs currently it has 276 which is 79%
Regional Referral Hospitals need 5,028 staffs but they have 3,781 staffs which is 75%
District Health Office needs 1,485 staffs but currently has 1,025 which is 69%
Municipal Health Office needs 304 staffs currently they have 199 which is 65%
General Hospitals need 8,360 staffs but currently have 6,501 which is 78%
Seconded to Private Not For Profit Hospitals they have 375
Health Centre IV need 8,736 staffs currently they have 7,679 which is 88%
Health Centre III need 18,962 staffs currently they have 15,495 which is 82%
Health Centre II need 15,516 staffs currently they have 8,598 which is 55%
Town Councils need 357 staffs currently they have 182 which is 51%
Lower health facilities need 53,720 staffs but currently have 40,054 which is 75%
Ministry of Health says Staffing levels for doctors, anaesthetic officers, and dispensers are still very low to address the sector priorities like reducing maternal and perinatal deaths.