KAMPALA – The Ministry of Health has embarked on an emergency recruitment process of 200 health workers to support the existing ones as the country battles coronavirus.
According to the advert issued by Dr. Diana Atwine, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, interested applicants are expected to deliver their applications by Friday, March 27, 2020.
The advert indicates that they seek to recruit 10 Special Grade medical officers (internal medicine), 50 medical officers, 40 epidemiologists and 20 nursing officers. The others are 30 assistant nursing officers, five (5) laboratory technologists, five (5) psychiatric clinical officers, 30 anesthetic specialists, 10 ambulance assistants, and 10 drivers. Interested applicants are expected to deliver their applications physically by Friday, March 27, 2020.
The proposed staff recruitment comes after Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng confirmed eight new coronavirus cases. According to Dr. Aceng, all the eight cases are Ugandan nationals who travelled back from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Two of them returned on March 20, 2020, and six on March 22, 2020, aboard the Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines flights respectively. The confirmation of the new cases brings to nine the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. While releasing an update on the state of the Coronavirus in Uganda on Monday, the Minister for Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng appealed to all Ugandans who had travelled from Dubai in the last 2 weeks to call or report to the ministry.
After the first virus case was confirmed on Sunday, the president in his evening address urged Ugandans to stay home and avoid using public means of transport in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.