More than 18,000 nurses and midwives in both public and private health facilities are either fake or illegal. Authorities have revealed that some are practicing without valid licenses and others lack the necessary qualifications.
Uganda Nurses and Midwives Council (UNMC) revealed the shocking fact. UNMC is a professional regulatory and supervisory body committed to the provision of quality nursing and midwifery services in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Uganda nurses and midwives board, the acting UNMC registrar, Ms Rebecca Nassuna, said the demand for nurses is high and many people want to join the profession yet some nurses and midwives have not renewed their licences .
“They are more than 18,000 nurses and midwives [without valid licences]. Some are still working in public facilities,” Ms Nassuna said.
She said there are 4,180 enrolled midwives and 5,760 nurses without valid practising licenses.
Ms Nassuna asked the chief administrative officers (CAOs) in various districts to work with UNMC to weed out the culprits.
“We wrote to the CAOs, they accepted to help us but they have not,” she said.
According to Ms Nassuna, the council has set up satellite centres at the various regional referral hospitals to enable the health professionals to renewal their practising licences. Dr Ruth Jane Aceng, the Health minister, tasked the new council to improve the image of nurses and midwives in the country.