By Charles Katabalwa

8th July 2024

 

Doctors under the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) are concerned about the removal of shs27bn for ambulances’ maintenance and ambulance services from the national budget.

According to data from the government, the health budget has declined from Shs4trillion in the last financial year to Shs2.9 trillion in this financial year.

But the total national budget has been increasing, hitting 72 trillion this financial year.

This has been disclosed to the press by the UMA President Dr. Herbert Luswata saying that the scrapped funds had to deal with issues of maintenance, fuel card and payment of the ambulance staff but unfortunately it was disregarded in the National budget.

Dr. Luswata pointed out shs26bn which had to purchase 80 ambulances for 172 constituencies with the aim to increase the number of ambulances in various parts of the country to beef up on the 116 existing ambulances.

He has further revealed that Shs5bn which was meant for Mbale Surgical Complex and Shs59bn for Masaka Regional Referral Hospital ICU construction was removed rendering medical services at stake.

He now appeals to the government to explore alternative funding solutions to secure these vital projects hence proposing supplementary budgets or identifying local alternative sources to ensure efficient operation of the newly acquired ambulances.

The Senior Consultant Surgeon Dr Wilberforce Kabweru called for modernized ambulances with type B and C having all features required for an ambulance to save Ugandans in critical condition before being taken to the referral hospital.

The Doctors’ concerns come at a time when Parliament diverted funds which were meant to buy ambulances to Roko Construction Company through the guidance of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni through the appropriation Bill which he assented to last week.

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Tuesday 9th July 2024 07:46:17 AM