Uganda AG sued over medical worker exports to Trinidad
Saturday November 29 2014
Nurses, whom Uganda is in dire need of, are among those shortlisted for recruitment by Trinidad and Tobago. FILE PHOTO | HALIMA ABDALLAH | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Uganda High Court will on December 1 sit to hear an application by the Institute of Public Policy Research Uganda (IPPR-U), seeking to block the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from proceeding with the recruitment of some 263 health workers for employment in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
A team from Trinidad and Tobago is expected in Uganda early December to make a selection from some 450 applicants for employment for positions ranging from nursing and midwifery to medical specialists.
According to some of the government’s own documents that have been submitted to support the petition, Uganda has a health worker to population ration of 1:1,298 against the WHO recommended average of 1:439.