Moroto Hospital Fails to Attract Specialists

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In short
According to the Auditor General’s Report for 2017/2018, Moroto hospital lacks key staff and yet more than 1.2 billion shillings meant for recruitment of staff was returned to the treasury.

Moroto Regional Referral Hospital has failed to attract key medical specialists affecting the delivery of health services. The hospital was elevated to referral status in 2009.


However, since then, the hospital has been operating below capacity forcing many patients to seek services from the missionary founded Matany Hospital in Napak district.



According to the Auditor General's Report for 2017/2018, Moroto hospital lacks key staff and yet more than 1.2 billion shillings meant for recruitment of staff was returned to the treasury.


"The hospital failed to utilize UGX. 1,240,688,459 (28%), out of the released grant of UGX. 4,507,666,149 (72%).  The approved staff structure of Moroto Regional Hospital has 28 key staff.  However, only one position of consultant in gynaecology who is also the acting Hospital Director, Dr Alfred Francis Ogwang is filled", part of the Auditor General, John Muwanga reads.

The report adds that while lack of specialists undermines service delivery, failure to absorb the funds denies the community the intended objectives.


Moroto hospital operates with only four percent of the required specialists. They lack senior consultants in paediatrics, medicine, gynaecology/obstetrical department and surgical ward.

Out of twelve approved slots for consultants, the hospital operates with only one gynaecologist. Even the twelve slots for medical officer special grade have not been filled.

Godfrey Mawa, the Hospital Principal Administrator says they have advertised for senior staff many times in vain. He notes that majority of applicants still fear to work in Moroto, especially due to the absence of hard to reach allowances for health workers working in remote areas.


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