By Ronald Kabuye
Ministry of health permanent secretary has revealed that much emphasizes is going to be put on disease prevention in the financial year 2018/2019 that accounts for over 2.3 trillions shillings.
This has been revealed following the ministry’s acting commissioner planning Sarah Byakika who gave a breakdown on the specifics of the budget during the media break fast meeting on monday held under the theme Accountability and transparency: Know your Health sector budget.
According to the budget allocation, the wage bill will take the lion’s share with 591.72bn, recurrent wage bill 173.48bn, infrastructural is 173.48bn, medicine and services 277bn, national and refferal hospitals 200bn, Uganda blood transfusion services 19bn, cancer institute 91bn, heart services 13.4bn, 62bn will be used to upgrade 124 health centres two to the health centre three levels in 56 districts, Red Cross 1.2bn to mobilize blood donors while 3.2bn will be used to recruit and pay 1500 community health extensional works who will work hand in hand with the village health team who work on voluntary basis.
Byakika also said they are to reduce on the medicine stock out and stock for expired drugs, scale up disease intervention and prevention.
In other intervention Mulago National referral hospital,general and 450 bed specialized women and neonatal hospital will be operatinalized, development of cancer institute will continue, building of referral hospitals in Yumbe and Kayunga districts will continue with an allocation of 6bn,a pediatric surgery hospital in entebbe and 240 bed international specialized hospital in lubowa will be built in addition to accommodation units especially in the hard to reach areas like Karamoja.
The under secretary ministry of health Dr Ronald Gyagenda clarified that some donors funding is excluded from the budget especially those from USAID, WHO, UNICEF and Projects done in other ministries that indirectly or directly benefit the ministry for example safe water project, roads and electricity.
The PS Atwine also urged parents to take their children for immunization especially HPV which prevents cervical cancer in children below the age of 10 and for Rota virus which prevents diarrhea against children below 11 years that is to be launched on the 26th of June.
She added that the move will help to reduce on the numbers of patients that flood hospitals hence improved quality services and welfare for the population.
she further added that the ministry is going to scale up more districts for vaccination against Hepatitis B in Bugisu and central region thus appealing to the public to utilize vaccines that are sent at the districts and administered at no cost.