Monday July 7 2014

Invest in health, government tells private sector players


Health minister Ruhakana Rugunda wants manufacturers and industrialists to get more involved in strengthening the health sector because they are the ultimate beneficiaries of a healthy labour force.

Speaking at the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) organised health fair luncheon, Dr Rugunda, said the private sector investment in health will reinforce the government efforts that seek to create a healthy and active workforce.

Improved productivity
“We appreciate working together with private sector because that will better the health sector which will in turn result into improved productivity and a vibrant economy,” Dr Rugunda said last week on Friday while launching the UMA health camp.
He cited Abacus and Quality Chemicals as some of the players in the health sector that are doing a great job.

In his speech, the UMA board chairman, Mr Amos Nzeyi, said the private sector should make its mark felt in the health sector. He said: “The private sector should invest in the health sector because it will help in keeping the population and the workforce healthy.”
He also argued that it is the responsibility of the private sector to ensure and protect work place safety at all times.

Giving a vote of thanks, the board chair of the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, Mr Patrick Bitature, said: “In the past, we have been suspicious of working with the government but now we have a dialogue and a bit of say on how government operates.”

Meanwhile, the Uganda Manufacturers health camp closed with more than 1,000 people receiving free medical attention and counseling on several range of ailments.

The health camp which also known as national nutrition, safety and health fair is meant to encourage proactive treatment as opposed to reactive treatment—when one is already sick.
The general public was treated to free consultations, medical check-ups, counseling, screening and treatment of various diseases.
The objective of UMA annual health camp according to Mr Mubarak Kirunda Nkutu, UMA director for membership services, is to bridge the knowledge gap between the public and health service and product providers.