Uganda’s Health Ministry is set to reward workers whose efforts go beyond their call of duty.
This was revealed during the launch of the ‘Heroes In Health Awards’ (HIHA) on Thursday at Hotel Africana.
“Today, together with Xtraordinary Media, the Ministry of Health launched the inaugural Heroes In Health Awards (HIHA). The awards are intended to motivate our health workers, say thank you for a job well done and encourage those who are not doing a good job,” Ruth Aceng, the health minister tweeted.
She added, “The candidates will be nominated by the public. I urge you to nominate the most hardworking health worker, best performing institution, innovation that you think worked best in your community. #HIHA2020 is an entirely merit based process.”
The Heroes in Health (HIHA) Awards is a Public-Private Partnership project instituted in 2019 by the Ministry of Health with the support of Xtraordinary Media. HIHA is an inaugural rewards initiative instituted to recognize outstanding individuals, entities, organizations, services, products, and programs.
The launch was attended by health ministry officials including the Permanent Secretary, Dr Diana Atwine who re-echoed the minister’s words, urging Ugandans to nominate their favourites.
“It is not about money that we are motivated. Even a thank you out of appreciation makes a difference. It creates that inner zeal to do more!” Diana said.
Nominations will take place from 15 February to 15 March 2020 and the winners will be announced at a gala on 3 April 2020 presided over President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
They are a public choice award, where members of the public will nominate and vote their heroes. The strategic objective is that by shining light on their outstanding contributions; individual, community, nonprofit, public and private players in the health sector will be rallied to innovate, serve the public better and to embrace global trends in the delivery of efficient healthcare to Uganda’s citizens.