Preparations are nearly complete for the formation of a new health regulatory body that would oversee all the existing health profession councils as a supreme authority.
The National Health Professions Authority, if established, would regulate the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, the Allied Health Professionals Council, the Pharmacy Council and the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council, who will have equal powers.
It will also regulate Traditional and Complimentary Medicine Practitioners, better known as traditional healers. Dr Emmanuel Kasimbanzi, an associate professor at Makerere University School of Law, who is leading the consultancy to establish the Authority, said there has not been any specific law that collectively governs all these councils.
He added that as a result, joint supervision of the health sector has been difficult, resulting to duplication of services, difficulty in mobilising resources and a general poor health service delivery.
Dr Kasimbanzi was speaking at a consultative meeting on Public-Private Partnership in Kampala yesterday.
“The supreme body will help decentralise some services, it will also have the mandate to mobilise funds and do advocacy with one single voice,” he said adding; “The other four councils will operate as directorates under the authority.”
He said the draft, together with a National Health Professions and Occupational Regulatory Bill, will be presented to the Ministry of Health in March, which if passed by Parliament and the President, will authorise the establishment of the Authority.