By Martha Nakimuli
The Speaker of Parliament has urged government to extend heath services closure to the people .
Addressing the 27th Annual Scientific Conference of the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU) last week ,Kadaga proposed that there should be further decentralisation within the country’s health sector as one of the solutions to bridge defaults in service delivery.
She noted that although Uganda had recorded a slight improvement in the health sector, the public still need the services closer.
“We need to improve access to medical services especially for mothers. Many of them travel very long distances to access services and their attendants spend several days away from work. We must decentralise more to have health services within reach,” the Speaker told medical professionals.
She also announced that Parliament had tasked the minister for health to present an annual report on the state of maternal and child health.
Dr.Lomano Byaruhanga the President AOGU also expressed concern over the current maternal mortality rate that stands at 16 mothers per day.
He attributed the high rates to inadequate access and use of contraceptives, teenage pregnancies, and lack of access to skilled health care.