Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) has placed a petition against the government in the constitutional court over the suggested cut down in the health sector budget.
Basing on the proposed budget, the Health sector budget has been cut down from 2.7 trillion from the previous financial year to 2.5 trillion this financial year hence a noticeable 9.3% decline.
This prompted the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) through Peter Eceru, their lawyer and Programmes Specialist to file petition on Tuesday against the government against insufficient funds for the health sector generally and the maternal health sector in particular.
This petition has influenced by the increase in the number of women and children that lose their lives on a daily basis due to the poor health services provided in the country.
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According to a study, currently, the maternal mortality ratio in Uganda is at 336 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births while the Infant mortality is at 43 deaths per 1000 live births, with 42% of the mortality occurring during the neonatal period.
Additionally, this is not the only criticism against this budget as a section of members of Parliament dismissed the budget when it was initially presented by Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija siting the fact that it did not match the National Development Plan III expectations at earlier stipulated.