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CHRISTOPHER TUSIIME: Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council should stop ‘torturing’ clients

Christopher Tusiime is a concerned citizen (PHOTO /Courtesy)

I know that when midwives and nurses complete their studies, they need to register and then get practicing licences. Registering and getting a practicing licence is very okay, I have no problem problem with that.

But here is a serious problem that Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) needs to look into and find a quick and lasting solution. You can’t put strict deadlines for registering and licencing when there are only two places in the whole country where these can be handled from. This is what shocks me most. I’m told that one point is in Mbarara and another in Kampala!

That of Mbarara is expected to handle the whole of Western Uganda! Just imagine that. Nurses and midwives from all the districts in western Uganda seeking to register have now flocked to Mbarara. For now, I will not talk about the expenses they are incurring.

It is reported that this point set up in Mbarara will operate for very little time and once it stops, the process may resume some time next year but it will not be in Mbarara. That time, one will either travel to some part in Northern Uganda or go to Kampala at the main offices.

Also, I have got a report from Mbarara that because some nurses and midwives went on Saturday and have never been through with the process, by 1am today, there were hundreds of them already at the gate. They never slept.

In addition to that, Covid-19 guidelines have been totally disregarded. In fact, the report says that dozens of those seeking to be registered and licensed collapsed at the gate while queuing for your services.

Unfortunately, it is said that there were no journalists to report about these unfortunate incidents and, so, the whole country may never know what your clients, and professionals for that, are going through.

As a concerned citizen of this country, I strongly condemn this because it has become a serious habit by education institutions and systems in Uganda to torture, frustrate and waste time of those who want to have their academic documents.

I have personally gone through a similar situation at Makerere University. Those who have been at the same university will bare me witness that just getting your transcript and certificate, and having the two certified, can take a whole year or more. During that period, you will go to the university countless times and in most cases you will find responsible offices closed or open with very arrogant staff who will never handle you on time. Those doubting this can go and ask Makerere administration how many certificates they are stuck with. Their owners simply gave up out of frustration.

What is even more disturbing is that during these endless movements, those seeking these documents incur very heavy costs. Imagine how much a person from Hoima has incurred to travel to Mbarara and is still caught up there, just because he or she needs to register with UNMCouncil so as to get a practicing licence. Can’t we do better than this?

Finally, UNMC should actually apologise to these people for failing to setup more centres countrywide from where these things can be done from, and for failing to embrace technology that would have helped reduce expenses these people are incurring.

As Ugandans, we need better services.

The author is a concerned Ugandan.

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  1. Murungi unious

    23/11/2021 at 12:07 PM

    U can imagine someone has lost her baby due to too much congestion…this z so unfair…

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