Catholic Diocese of Masaka seeks additional support for private health facilities :: Uganda Radionetwork

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ssekamanya, Deputy Coordinator of Health Services in Masaka Diocese, says that despite government support in providing adequate health care to the community, many Church-funded health facilities in the region operate in difficult times due to limited budgets. .

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Masaka has asked the government to increase its direct support to non-profit health facilities to facilitate their effective operations in the community.

Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Ssekamanya, Deputy Coordinator of Health Services in Masaka Diocese, says that despite government support in providing adequate health care to the community, many Church-funded health facilities in the region operate in difficult times due to limited budgets. .

In the ten districts that fall under the Diocese of Masaka, the Church operates two general hospitals of St Lawrence Villa Maria located in Kalungu district and St Joseph Kitovu Hospital in Masaka town, one Health IV in the sub-county from Kyamulibwa to Kalungu and more than 29 level III health centers distributed in the different places.

Father Ssekamanya says the facilities provide adequate patient care at heavily subsidized costs, but apparently operate in competition with the government in terms of staff salaries.

He made the request through Masaka City Area MPs led by Opposition Leader Mathias Mpuuga, who handed over a batch of 60 patient beds to various private non-profit health facilities. .

Father Ssekamanya indicates that because some of these hospitals are well equipped and highly specialized and offer some of the services that cannot be found in government facilities in the region, it is appropriate that the government takes responsibility for paying the salaries. critical staff. such as the specialists who are needed in these facilities.

Although the government provides them with some support such as grants for primary health care-PHC, he says this has now become minimal compared to the current cost of running the facilities.

He explains that when the government recently increased the salaries of its senior scientists, including health workers; it has created a structural income inequality between professionals of the same level, thus affecting the retention of staff in private non-profit health facilities as they have not yet provided a uniform payment schedule.

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Dr. Alfred Lumala, Medical Superintendent of St Joseph’s Hospital in Kitovu, also wants to subsidize modern medical equipment that the private hospital would like to procure, saying this will make specialist health services more affordable and accessible to the public.

Mpuuga said they had already presented the demands to the government through their alternative policy statement, saying they were still pushing duty bearers to find it important for better and relatively equitable service delivery in the country. .

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Different stakeholders, including health practitioners, have repeatedly urged the government to leverage its direct resource contribution to private not-for-profit health service providers, to advance universal health coverage through the country ; as a deliberate effort to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal-SDG-3.

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