Poor health services, unemployment and inflation are major concerns for Ugandans

 

Most Ugandans, or 60 out of 100, are more concerned about the poor health services in the country, more than anything else, according to a recent survey on the socio-economic situation in Uganda.

Lack of employment, high consumer prices and poor transport services follow in that order, with Corruption in sixth place, as sited by 26 percent of Ugandans in the survey.

The health sector has for a few years been among the main budgetary priorities of the government, getting 2.2 trillion shillings or 6.8 percent of the 2018/2019 budget.

This was a decline by 136 billion shillings from the previous year.

However, even by government’s own admission, while there are many health centres countrywide at different levels, they are not well equipped, while many have no permanent health workers.

Hunger and drought was cited by some 30 percent as the leading problem facing Uganda today, while the same number cited poor transport services.

The survey dubbed Sauti Za Wananchi, or Voice of the People by non-profit Twaweza, shows that when it comes to personal or household incomes, more Ugandans or 58 percent are more concerned about corruption.

Perhaps the problem corruption is that it affects service delivery on all sectors.

The survey on the theme: Widening the tax base? Address citizen problems and curb corruption too! One third of Ugandans cite joblessness as a major concern.

Importantly too, about half of Ugandans are concerned about drought or hunger, which affected their incomes. Understandably so, because Agriculture employs more than two thirds of Ugandans.

In the 1990s, government liberalized the economy and virtually moved out of business, leaving prices to be controlled purely by market forces of demand and supply.

However, a big section of Ugandans or eight out of 10 feel that the government has not done enough to keep prices of essential goods down.

Almost the same number faults the government for failure to fight corruption and ensure adequate employment opportunities.

 

Story by Nebert Rugadya