The speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah has cautioned the new leadership of the equal Opportunities Commission against corruption which scandalized the past leadership.
Oulanyah was receiving the annual report on the state of equal opportunities in Uganda which indicates that many Ugandans in ethnic minority communities can’t afford to pay for health services in both government and private health facilities.
The 8th annual report on the state of equal opportunities in Uganda for the financial year 2020/2021 indicates that despite positive strides in health sector by distributing health facilities across all communities in the country, the cost of health services in both government and private health facilities have remained too high to and afford by many Ugandans.
78.5% of Ugandans pay at least 100000 shillings for health services whereas 12.1% pay between 100000 to 150000 shillings.
The chairperson of the Equal opportunities Commission Sofia Nalule Juuko has tasked parliament to investigate the appalling state public health facilities.
The report which was handed over to the speaker of parliament Jacob Oulanyah, also discovered a shortage of secondary schools in areas of ethnic minorities which has hindered accessibility of secondary and tertiary education as many pupils drop out of schools after primary seven.
It has also been found out that People with disabilities have continued to face difficulties in accessing employment.
49% percent of persons with disabilities are not employed whereas 41%are engaged in informal sector. Even the few employed PWDs, 48.8% are paid below 100000 shillings per month.
Upon receiving the report, Oulanyah cautioned the new leadership of Equal Opportunities Commission against repeating bad history of corruption scandals which was left behind bypassed leadership.
Oulanyah also emphasized the the need for government to invest in wealth creation programs to be able to power vulnerable communities.