THE Government plans to centralise the recruitment of medical
workers to streamline service delivery, the health minister Dr.
Stephen Mallinga has revealed.
Mallinga stated that most district commissions had tribalised the
recruitment of doctors, constraining operations in the health
"Districts want to employ people, who originate from the area. We
want a situation where medical workers can be posted to work
anywhere," Mallinga said.
He added that the move would also enable the Government take
doctors for further training to curtail brain drain.
"Uganda produces about 200 medical doctors annually. When
centralised, we shall post doctors upcountry for a year and send
them back to school for further studies."
He was on Wednesday speaking during the launch of the
tuberculosis and routine testing for hiv programme at Mbale
Mallinga also advised medical workers to attract more men to take
hiv tests. He observed that men tend to be more promiscuous than
women, yet they are reluctant to go for hiv tests and batter
their wives when they test positive.
During the function, Dr. Stephen Obbo, the Mbale Hospital
physician, explained that since inception of routine hiv testing
last February, all patients were tested for hiv.
He said 1,980 of over 16,000 clients, had tested positive.
Zainabu Akol, the national hiv/AIDS coordinator noted that due to
the high prevalence of hiv, testing needs to be made compulsory
"We are far from eradicating this epidemic as 40,000 new
infections are being registered annually. hiv/AIDS counselling
and testing shouldn't be voluntary.
You can't fight a war by begging," she said.