Ministry of Health officials grilled over Cuban doctors
The public Accounts committee has quizzed the permanent secretary of the Ministry of health over the contecious issue of importing Cuba Doctors to the country.
Dr. Diana Atwine together with other ministry of health had appeared before the committee to answer queries in accordance to auditor general’s report for the financial year 2015/16.
The mps including the chairperson of the committee Angellina Osege, Gerald Karuhanga, Mathias Mpuga, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Theodore Ssekikubo among others raised a number questions in disregard to bringing foreign doctors leaving the concerns of local doctors unattended to.
The mps wanted to know how government is going to deal with the local medical personnel who are supposed to help the foreign doctors yet they are complaining, demoralized and government continues to be dismissive of their demands.
Mathias Mpuga wondered if the local health workers are to be made work on gun point in support of the Cuba doctors who barely understand English.
In her response, Dr. Atwine says though it was not their initiative as the ministry to health to bring in the Cuba doctors, they supported it on ground that they come as specialists who will give more training to the intern doctors where the gap still lies.
She says they want these doctors to come here for a small time.
Just in case the Cuba doctors are imported into the country, government plans to pay them about 5.4m shillings, housing, air ticket, transport allowances among other benefits compared to 4.5m shilling as opposed in the coming financial year 2018/19.
Currently, a senior health consultant earns 3.5m shillings