KAMPALA- The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine has asked Chief Administrative Officers, Executives of Government Hospitals, City, Municipal and Town Clerks to take appropriate disciplinary action on health officials who have been absenting themselves from duty without permission from their supervisors.
In a strongly worded circular dated October Monday 19th 2020, Dr Atwine asked the CAOs and Executive Directors of various hospitals to report to her any measures taken against errant officers within two weeks after receiving her communication.
According to the Permanent Secretary, the move was taken after the recent Ministry of Health Support Supervision exercise and on spot checks at various Government Hospitals, both at National, Regional and District level that revealed persistence absenteeism, late coming and neglect of performance management duties by Health workers contrary to the rules and regulations governing public officers.
In a one page circular which this online publication has seen, Atwine pointed out that during the same exercise it was established that health workers have persistently developed a duty roster where most of them work for only 12 to 14 days per month which is unsatisfactory and is tantamount to cheating the government.
“The purpose of this circular is therefore to require you to address the rampant unsatisfactory attendance to duty and absenteeism among the health workers in your Institutions” the circular reads in part.
Dr Atwine emphasized that the health workers are employed in public trust and on the undertaking that their lives are at the disposal of government therefore must fulfill their duty.
When contacted, several Chief Administrative Officers in Kigezi Sub Region admitted that they had received the circular and we’re going to take immediate action.
Kabale District Health Officer Dr Alfred Besigensi said that he has already communicated the massage to all concerned health workers so that they are not caught unaware.
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