President Museveni has urged nurses and midwives to assist in the information dissemination on the risks of epidemics and pandemics.
The President made the remarks in a speech read for him by Vice President Jessica Alupo this afternoon, as delegates, leaders representatives of different Nursing and midwifery institutions in Uganda gathered in Kampala, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC), a body enacted by an Act of Parliament in 1996.
The day was commemorated under the theme: “Celebrating 100 years of Uganda Nurses and midwives Regulation, Past, Present, Future”.
President Museveni commended the Nurses and Midwives for the 100 year milestone, while noting that their efforts in making health care accessible and of quality is commendable with great performance over the years.
According to statistics, there are 69,800 Nurses and 30,364 Midwives registered to practice with 1,129
Maternity and Nursing homes/clinics registered and licensed to offer nursing and maternity services.
President Museveni also thanked Ministry of Health for its oversight role, and the particular symbiotic relationship of great progress showed over the years, working together.
According to the President, Uganda Nurses and Midwives are desired in many countries and have offered excellent service over the globe.
The President said that while there was insecurity and in the past and limited resource envelop, hindering smooth health service delivery, nurses have been displaying dedication and the will to save life.
He cautioned them on on absenteeism, tracking and dealing with fraudsters in the profession and the few that neglect patients.
Dr. Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health said the event was a key milestone in the Ministry because nurses and midwives are the biggest backbone of the health sector accross the entire health care from communities to the facilities.
She called for discipline in the profession and practice while also urging them to avoid absentism, develop positive attitudes so that the enhanced salaries can be seen in their work.