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Ministry of Health PS wants health officers disciplined for rampant absenteeism

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.


Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija
Patson Baraire Mushaija is a Seasoned Journalist. He has an experience of Field and Community reporting for over 20 years. He started his career at Daily Monitor in the 1990s and is known for breaking major stories that remain topical issues today like the Bwindi Massacre and Kibwetere Inferno. He also worked at New Vision before concentrating on Digital Media. He has worked as reporter and news editor for a number of Media Organisations. Baraire is a family man, practicing farmer, and public speaker, is passionate about community Journalism. He is currently a Co-Editor at the Informer Ug an Online Publication in Western Uganda. Patson is widely traveled in East and Central Africa where he has attended several media training and Election Monitoring. He is passionate about Environmental Issues and Health Reporting.


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