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  Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that Cabinet will reconsider an earlier Parliament resolution on increasing pay for Village Health Teams VHTs Nabbanja s commitment followed a motion put forward by the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament the Hon Stephen Aseera on Tuesday August 02 2022 during the plenary session chaired by speaker Anita Among Aseera proposed that the government increase the VHT monthly stipend from 10 000 Shsh to 100 000 Shh per member Nabbanja noted that such a request had been made in the 10th Parliament and discussed in Cabinet in 2017 but that government has been financially constrained ever since The government couldn t bring him here let me withdraw it and report within a month Nabbanja said Aseera said the plight of VHTs must be considered because of the critical role they play in bringing health services to the people Most of the population lives far from health centers and VHTs close that gap VHTs participate in the management of local health services including home visits health education treatment of common diseases and monitoring of pregnant mothers said Aseera Aseera said that despite the visible contribution of the VHTs the performance of their duties remains poorly facilitated which has led to a high turnover of program members A study by the Ministry of Health in 2014 pointed to the lack of regular monthly payment as a barrier to their performance he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa aware that Aseera s motion had a financial implication for national resourcing suggested that the Prime Minister take up the proposals According to article 193 b of the Constitution we cannot proceed in this way because the motion creates a charge to the Consolidated Fund the government should pick it up and proceed from there Basalirwa said Basalirwa said MPs were currently shouldering the burden of paying for VHTs and prayed that the government would pick up the mantle We appreciate the role they play and we must not lose sight of the importance of this motion Let the Prime Minister take it to other channels and save MPs from this responsibility Basalirwa said
Uganda: Government to review salaries of village health teams

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Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that Cabinet will reconsider an earlier Parliament resolution on increasing pay for Village Health Teams (VHTs).

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Nabbanja’s commitment followed a motion put forward by the Buhaguzi County Member of Parliament, the Hon. Stephen Aseera on Tuesday, August 02, 2022 during the plenary session chaired by speaker Anita Among.

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Aseera proposed that the government increase the VHT monthly stipend from 10,000 Shsh to 100,000 Shh per member.

Nabbanja noted that such a request had been made in the 10th Parliament and discussed in Cabinet in 2017, but that government has been financially constrained ever since.

“The government couldn’t bring him here; let me withdraw it and report within a month,” Nabbanja said.

Aseera said the plight of VHTs must be considered because of the critical role they play in bringing health services to the people.

“Most of the population lives far from health centers and VHTs close that gap.

VHTs participate in the management of local health services, including home visits, health education, treatment of common diseases, and monitoring of pregnant mothers,” said Aseera.

Aseera said that despite the visible contribution of the VHTs, the performance of their duties remains poorly facilitated, which has led to a high turnover of program members.

“A study by the Ministry of Health in 2014 pointed to the lack of regular monthly payment as a barrier to their performance,” he said.

The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri, H.E. Asuman Basalirwa, aware that Aseera’s motion had a financial implication for national resourcing, suggested that the Prime Minister take up the proposals.

“According to article 193 (b) of the Constitution, we cannot proceed in this way because the motion creates a charge to the Consolidated Fund; the government should pick it up and proceed from there,” Basalirwa said.

Basalirwa said MPs were currently shouldering the burden of paying for VHTs and prayed that the government would pick up the mantle.

“We appreciate the role they play and we must not lose sight of the importance of this motion.

Let the Prime Minister take it to other channels and save MPs from this responsibility,” Basalirwa said.

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