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60 Iganga health workers suspended over licences

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By Abubaker Kirunda

Posted  Tuesday, December 24  2013 at  02:00

In Summary

According to the letters which are copied to the Chief Administrative Officer and the District Health
Officer, the affected officers have been using expired practicing licences, something which contravenes
regulations of the council.

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Iganga- The Allied Health Professional’s Council (AHPC) has suspended 60 health workers in Iganga
district over alleged lack of practicing licences.

Those affected by the December 04, suspension letters issued by the Supervisor of the AHPC in Busoga
region, Mr Musa Muzaya, include Clinical officers, Laboratory technicians, health inspectors and
ophthalmic officers.

According to the letters which are copied to the Chief Administrative Officer and the District Health
Officer, the affected officers have been using expired practicing licences, something which contravenes
regulations of the council.

“You are directed to stop work due to your failure to renew your practicing licenses as required by the
AHPC which you subscribe to,” in part reads a copy of one of the suspension letters which this
newspaper has seen.

The Iganga Health Officer, Dr David Muwanguzi, said that the district authorities could not do much to
save the affected officers despite the serious gaps that the move is likely to create in service
delivery levels.

He advised them to quickly formalise the renewal of their practicing licenses in order to save their
careers and the people they serve from suffering the negative impact that the shortage of health
workers is likely to have.

Functions of the AHPC

• To regulate the standards of allied health professionals in the country.
• To regulate the conduct of the allied health professionals and to exercise disciplinary control over
them.
• To supervise the registration of allied health professionals and the publication of the names of
registered allied health professional in the gazette.
• To advise and make recommendations to the government on matters relating to allied health
professionals.
• To exercise general supervision and control over allied health professionals and perform any other
function relating to those professions or incidental to their practice.
• To perform any other function conferred upon it under the Act or referred to it from time to time.

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