Kampala: In a bid to monitor staff performance in government health facilities, the Ministry of Health is set to introduce key performance indicators (KPI) where each of the staff across a number of districts and referral hospitals will be rated by their supervisors against their key output on a quarterly basis.
This follows the ministry’s top management supervision visits made across a number of district and regional hospitals where they noted that there was no evidence of output of some of the doctors and specialists in government hospitals.
In a circular dated 17th, October, 2023 to all hospital directors of regional referral hospitals, the Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa said that during their review of the theatre books, they found no evidence that certain doctors including consultants and senior consultants had done any surgeries in the hospitals for months, and where they did was very few to warrant their usefulness in the hospital.
These key performance indicators, or KPIs, are used because they highlight those aspects of performance that are integral above all others in providing insights on attaining the health sector’s strategic goals, whether they be around promoting healthy populations, equitable access to health services, among others.
This move, according to health experts, will go a long way in ensuring efficiency among government health practitioners and making sure that taxpayer’s money is not wasted.
It is alleged that many doctors at times spend the entire day away from their work stations while attending to their private health centers and clinics, leaving the ordinary Ugandan patient in dire need.
There have been reported cases of deaths in government hospitals simply because a doctor or nurse was not there in time to attend to a patient.