Nurses leave Uganda for jobs in other countries, causing a shortage

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According to Africa News, Uganda produces about 5,000 nurses every year. Of these, only about 2,000 are employed in government hospitals.

Uganda’s Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng says policies are being put in place to ensure nurses and other health professionals are brought into the health sector. Despite shortfalls in staffing, they can not stop health professionals from going to find work abroad.

Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union president Justus Cherop says the country has a surplus of nurses.

“The government can not recruit all of them. We needed like 40,000 nurses in our health sector, but because of the wage bill, the government has less money, so our nurses are overworked in this sector,”

He says.

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