A healthy workforce is vital to a country’s competitiveness and productivity. Workers who are ill cannot function to their potential and will be less productive. Poor health leads to significant costs to business, as sick workers are often absent or operate at lower levels of efficiency. Investment in the provision of health services is thus critical for clear economic, as well as moral considerations. Advancing human development requires, first and foremost, expanding the real opportunities people have to avoid premature death by disease or injury, to enjoy protection from arbitrary denial of life, to live in a healthy environment, to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to receive quality medical care, and to attain the highest possible standard of physical and mental health. Therefore, there is need to strengthen the healthcare systems in the country.
After genocide of 1994, Rwanda was not comparable to Uganda in anyway. In fact, Rwanda was more of a failed state but today many Ugandans are traveling to Rwanda to access specialized health services in addition to Kenya within the East African Community. This is a national shame and it must be reversed. Uganda happens to have the best health professionals in the region. Uganda’s health sector is ailing because of mainly insufficient funding. So we have proposed 16% of the national budget to go to this sector with effect from 2016/2017 FY.