This year, finance minister Maria Kiwanuka announced that sh24b has been earmarked to improve maternal and reproductive care in addition to rehabilitation of Mulago Hospital and building of a maternal and child health centre.
This will supplement $130m (sh312b) committed in last year’s budget to improve maternal and reproductive health over five years and construct health infrastructure. Besides, she said, “Government is committed to building hospitals in the five divisions of Kampala.” This will reduce congestion at Mulago National Referral Hospital, especially in the labour wards. Construction of a hospital by Chinese in Naguru, Nakawa Division is ongoing.
Last financial year, the health ministry received an additional sh7b targeted towards the purchase of essential drugs and the control of malaria. Malaria is endemic in 95% of Uganda and it is the leading cause of maternal mortality in the country. It also accounts for 70,000-110,000 child deaths annually in Uganda, some of whom get infected from their mothers. So by increasing the health budget, especially to cater for maternal health, women and children’s lives will be saved further.
In the education sector, an additional funding of sh115.9b has been allocated this financial year. This is aimed at increasing the number of children, especially girls, who enroll in and complete primary. In the 2010/2011 budget, funds to the education sector increased to sh1.13trillion from sh1 trillion in 2009. This year, another sh20.3b has been allocated for the capitation grant to scale up USE.
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