Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the health state minister addressing journalist.PHOTO/Lilia Babirye
Reports Saturday quoted the Belgian International development Minister Alexander De Croo saying he had suspended 11 million euros? worth of aid to Uganda.
This was after it emerged that Uganda reportedly wants to send 300 Ugandan health workers to Trinidad and Tobago in return for help to cash in on Ugandan oil reserves.
?I have not yet received an official communication but then if true, it will be very unfortunate. Let me hope they will reconsider their decision,? the Minister said.
Foreign Affairs spokesperson Fred Opolot also said that they had not received official communication but that they had only read about it on social media and watched the news on TV. He however said if true, then they had acted in a high handed manner.
The Health Minister said that the Government was reconsidering the policy of facilitating health workers from going abroad.
?We are right now consulting on whether we should really allow our medical workers go abroad when we also need them here,? the Tumwesigye added.
He said as Government they appreciated the aid given by the Belgium Government because it had greatly helped in support and training of the medical staff.
?But then, none of the staff trained under a scheme funded by them was part of those who were going abroad,? he added
By Charles Etukuri, The New Vision