Medical staff at the Butabika National Referral Hospital in Uganda. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Health Ministry figures put Uganda’s health worker-to-population ratio at 1:1,298,three times higher than the World Health Organisation average of 1:439.
But in specific health worker categories, according to research conducted by Makerere University in 2013, there is one doctor for every 15,000 patients against the WHO-recommended one doctor for every 1,000 people, one midwife for every 9,000 women and one nurse for every 700 patients.
For its population of 1.3 million, however, Trinidad and Tobago has 1,543 physicians (11.7 for every 10,000 patients) and 4,677 (35.5 per every 10,000) nursing and midwifery personnel.