Health specialists – Government needs better research policies

Kakaire Ayub Kirunda
Kakaire Ayub Kirunda, a communication specialist with Makerere University College of Health Sciences.

Health specialists want government to come up with research policies to regulate the activities of researchers in the country.

The demand stems from concerns  that several research findings that have been carried out over the past years are rotting in government shelves because most of them are irrelevant to the issues facing the country.

Kakaire Ayub Kirunda,  a communication specialist with Makerere University College of Health Sciences explains that research findings end up in the shelves because there are no policies guiding the researchers on critical areas to conduct research.

Kakaire says as a result the implementers trash the findings because they have been carried out on irrelevant subjects. He says currently researchers are not considering issues such as how to communicate the research findings and strategies for implementation.

Dr. Rhona Mijumbi a research expert from Makerere University College of Health Sciences explains that there’s not been a good link between the researchers, government and the implementers which has rendered several research findings irrelevant.

Dr. Mijumbi explains that of the more than 50 research work being carried out by Makerere University only two are being funded by government.

The expert says lack of government funding forces researchers to turn to donors which in effect compromises the quality of research.

-Uganda Radio Network