By Allan Mugabe
The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has revealed that the economy of the country is growing steadily compared to what it was in 1986.
Museveni noted that the government of NRM concentrated on reviving the collapsed economy adding that it is the growing of economy that will help government to have good infrastructure and salary enhancement to public servants.
He made remarks on 13th may 2019 at Kyamate SS Play Grounds Ntungamo Municipality while presiding over the International Nurses Day 2019 commemorations under the theme is “Nurses – A Voice to Lead – Health for All”.
President Museveni commended the role being played by nurses and midwives in the country promising them that government will address the issue of lunch allowances such that it can ease their work at heal facilities noting that one cannot survive on an empty stomach.
He also said that government will take up Ntungamo Health Training Institute Nyarutuuntu initiated by Ntungamo District in order to increase on the number of nurses in the country because they are still low compared to what are recommended by World Health organization.
According to data in the ministry of health out of 67,342 nurses in the country 23,000 nurses are currently in government facilities and 12,000 nurses in NGOs compared to 41m population in Uganda.
President Museveni asked nurses to be calm, committed and serve the people as the government has done with economic growth and infrastructure, their salaries will be enhanced later.
He directed the responsible ministry to address the accumulation of electricity bills at Itojo Hospital totaling 200m shillings.
President Museveni commissioned officially Ntungamo Development financial services SACCO which is a district SACCO and Ntungamo District development magazine published by Ntungamo journalists.
He proceeded to Ntungamo Health Training Institute Nyarutuuntu where he commissioned Skill laboratory and laying of a foundation stone on the administration and classroom blocks.
Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Jane Acheng hailed nurses for their zeal and commitment in serving the general public saying that they contributed 90% of contact between patients and health professionals in the country.
The Ntungamo District Boss Dennis Singahache asked President Museveni to continue supporting nurses and the district projects for sustainability.
The president Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union Cherop Justus also expressed a need to have specialized nurses in the country for special diseases and recruit more staffs.
The principal of Ntungamo Health Training Institute Nyarutuuntu Wilber Tukamuhabwa thanked the president for taking up the Institute noting that in the coming financial year they will start admitting students on government.
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