The Judiciary has launched a group medical scheme to cater for all staff in a ceremony held in Kampala.
The launch was presided over by the Judiciary Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana flanked by the Chief Registrar on behalf of the top administration of the Judiciary.
The scheme, the first of its kind for the institution, is billed at Shs1.2 billion and supported by the government of Uganda.
Bigirimana said the medical insurance scheme will benefit all Judiciary staff in the different categories deployed across Uganda.
“More than 2,300 Judiciary staff in categories of justices, judges, registrars, magistrates and administrative staff will access medical insurance from Jubilee Insurance Company, UAP Old Mutual Insurance and Prudential Assurance,” he said.
According to Bigirimana, the move will help address the high expenditure associated with medical care for the judiciary.
The Judiciary Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu, said management was compelled to introduce the medical insurance scheme to respond to health needs of staff because of their nature of work and the prevailing high cost of accessing medical services.
“All of us know that it is not cheap to access medical services and many of us use salaries to cater for medical needs. This insurance scheme comes in to save us from that burden,”Langa said.
At the function, medical insurance providers commended the Judiciary for being one of the few government entities for taking a “bold step” by securing the health of its staff.
Speaking on behalf of UAP Old Mutual Insurance, Dr. Miriam Mutero said they are committed to providing excellent services to ensure that the scheme is a success.
“Not so many government entities have taken this step. This is a positive beginning. We look forward to continue working with the judiciary,”Mutero said.