For preventing patients in the country’s public hospitals and health Centers and various citizens rotting in jails as a result of state prosecutors strike, judicial officers, and poor investigations by police due to limited funding, I present a proposal which I think once adopted, these inmates and patients can be made beneficial to the public once we are serious about increasing our revenues as a country.
You colleagues, it becomes a catch 22 situation for them (health workers) when you walk through a hospital corridor and your ears pick cries of patients, unattended to, either because the doctor patient ratios are not matching, or the health workers are demotivated simply because they are thinking of how to get school fees for their children or even pay rent for the next month and there is a long queue of people to attend to.
Same situation for a Kampala woman, seller of menvu (Yellows) on the street of Kampala for a living. She is heavy and ready to deliver her third child and expects to receive first class attention from a national hospital like Mulago to be able to deliver. She has run out funds because when she gave menvu to her 9-year old daughter to sell in town, a highly paid, and merciless confiscated them. (I am told the lowest paid person in this high end part of the country, which is a tea girl, earns sh1.1m per month and of course her boss earning about sh43.7million. This is about 39.7 times her salary.
Nevertheless, that is not important; the doctor tasks this menvu woman to buy gloves in hospital because apparently they are out of stock. Unfortunately she does not have it at the moment, perhaps her only hope was menvu which is already being enjoyed by the ‘Kampala Yellow boys’. She delivers on the floor and that is when she gets attended to by an intern doctor who buys emergency gloves out of her upkeep.
Suddenly, another innocent soul has been maliciously detained for weeks, he is a sole bread winner at home from his motorcycle business and his pregnant woman is yet to deliver. But he is not there to provide because he is incarcerated. He of course cannot be brought to court because the prosecutors insist they want their payments enhanced. Word from corridors, even the nurses on go-slow-strike, of course there is no money to fulfill their demands, unless their need for money is to consult patients on Age limit, funding should be prompt.
Ladies and gentlemen, you will agree with me that all this chaos from sections of workers is disturbing the peace of our caretakers and indeed present an appalling state of the pearl of Africa, a very great additional grievance; and therefore whoever could find out a fair, cheap and economically viable method of making these patients, pregnant mothers, people on remand sound and useful Members of the society would deserve so well of the country, as to have his Statue set up for a preserver of the Nation.
Having turned my thoughts for many nights, up on this very important issue in the country, i think there is a way to help them so that they stop being a burden to not only their families but also the government of Uganda which is looking forward to a middle income status.
Think of it colleagues, if we as a country decided to sell off all patients currently in public hospitals, all prisoners who are yet to know their fate and several other consumers of salaried compromised services for one financial year, we would raise a lot of funds to run our health facilities until we start producing, his oil.
Assuming that we have roughly 10,000 patients per day, in public hospitals across the country multiplied by a cost of a slave in West Africa which $400 according to International Organization for Migration, approximately UGX. 1.4million, the country would be getting a total of 14.2billion shillings per day. This means that all patients would generate 428billion per month and 5.1 trillion shillings (about USD1.4bn).
Of course even though our human beings maybe sick, their value is more than those of Libya because they feed well here, and are battle hardened.
He is another perspective, the Uganda Prison services. They currently have about 55,000 inmates, with capacity of 20,000 people. Every day, court remands, sentences between 600-700 inmates while about 500 people are discharged every day from prisons. With the prosecutors strike, it means several are still stuck in the cells and cannot be released. This number is just subject to debate. I have not considered the number of those detained at various police cells across the country.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is another opportunity to where we can strategically benefit from the current market in Libya of human beings. The cost of one human being alone can satisfy a state prosecutor who is currently earning a gross of Shs644, 963 a month, and we will be good to go.
From simple mathematics, if for instance we have 55,000 inmates, each one would earn us 1.4million shillings and we would have in total Sh.78.5billion shillings for one sell off. Based on our inflows, there will still be prisoners coming in. So there are no worries about completely emptying the cells and we fail to have laborers in our cotton farms. Once we have these billions, judicial officers and prosecutors will have a pay rise as desired. The rest of the money we can invest in providing procuring chauffeur-driven cars for judicial officers and prosecutors.
I profess that with this surging population with its growth at 3.3% per annum – 2002-2014, we are assured of stable supply of human beings for sale since their health is not guaranteed. Statistics project that we will have 45.8m people in 2020, 53.5million in 2025 and 61.9m in 2030.
And by the way, with this kind of growing population, we can’t afford to have threats from the unpatriotic citizens with insatiable appetite for remuneration. I applaud the move by government to hire mercenaries (Cuba doctors) in order to lay off youthful Ugandan health workers especially those under Uganda Medical Association (UMA). Once the trade is on, we will use a few dollars to clear off Cuba doctors, ensure stable supplies in hospitals of drugs among others.