The Ministry of Health has directed all Executives at national referral hospitals, regional referral hospitals, and supervisors in districts to take action on health workers who have made it a point to habitually absent themselves from work.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Ministry’s permanent secretary, says recent support supervision exercises and on-spot checks of various government-owned medical facilities revealed persistent absenteeism, late coming, and neglect of performance management duties by health workers
contrary to the rules and regulations governing public officers.
She noted that quite a number of health facilities have persistently refused to comply with developed duty rosters, with health workers working an average of 12 to 14 days, a month, which breaches their contract with the government in addition to falling short of delivery of
Health care services to the public especially during this COVID period.
“Please be informed that this level of attendance to duty is unsatisfactory and amounts to cheating the Government!” Dr. Atwine said. “Therefore, the responsible officers must review the current duty rosters and correct this irregularity as a matter of urgency.”
In a letter dated October 19, Dr. Atwine wrote to the executives and supervisors of referral hospitals both national and local, directing them to punish health workers caught breaking the law.
“The purpose of this circular, therefore, is to require you to address the rampant unsatisfactory attendance to duty and absenteeism among Health Workers in your institution,” she said.
“As you are aware, Public Officers are employed in public trust and on the understanding that their lives are at the disposal of Government,” she went on.
Earlier this year, Dr Diana Atwine, issued similar advice to health workers while appearing as a guest on Radio One Spectrum programme where she updated the public on COVID-19 and ongoing preparations to combat the pandemic that has greatly disrupted all the sectors of the Ugandan and global economy in different ways.