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New Vision
Govt to recruit medical workers
Daniel Edyegu
September 18, 2009
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 sector.

"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 Hospital.

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 for everyone.

"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.