The health ministry has today morning advised its staff members to use their Identity cards following the depletion of stickers.
The drivers who were meant to supply essential services were today morning crowded at the Wandegeya based Health Ministry headquarters. Queues of health workers flooded the health ministry in demand for vehicle stickers. Ironically, the social distancing theory was not respected by the health workers who were very close to each other. After hours of pressure, the ministry through their health spokesperson, Emmanuel Ainebyoona asked the health workers to use their identity cards in these remaining days. “The stickers we requisitioned are done. These health workers can use their identity cards,” Ainebyoona says.
Health workers in several districts say their vehicles are rotting at police premises after being impounded on the streets. Dr. Muzaale Elly Derrick, a health worker in Jinja says he visited the RDC’s office numerous times but with no positive returns. “I was at Eric Sakwa’s office and I met my other colleagues from Jinja referral hospital whose vehicles were impounded. They were pleading with the RDC for special permits but all in vain,” says Muzaale. “I imagine the pain suffered by the patients who had appointments with us that day,” he adds.
It should be recalled that when the supplementary shs 304 COVID-19 budget was being passed, shs 3b was dispatched to the ministry of transport to print and issue temporary stickers to people offering essential services. The depletion of these stickers at such a hefty budget raises questions and concerns among the tax payers.