Ministry of Health top leadership has been transversing the districts of Kabarole, Kasese, Mbarara, Bundibugyo, Kitagwenda, Kyegegwa, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo and Bunyangabo and Masaka to fulfil their role of support Supervision.
The team was led by Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine and Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa accompanied by Commissioner Clinical Services Dr Jackson Amone, Commissioner Emergency Medical Services Dr JB Nabohe, Commissioner Maternal and Reproductive Health Services, Dr Jesca Nsungwa Sabiiti and Commissioner Environmental Health Julian Kyomuhangi.
The officials are holding meetings with Regional Referral Hospitals and district health teams, to review cases being referred to the facilities to curb congestion in RRHs.
It is said that many lower health units are taking on a trend of referring to General and Regional Referral Hospitals minor cases that they have the capacity to manage at their level.
“This should be checked as its choking higher facilities with congestion of patients, thus affecting the quality of health care,” Atwine said.
Masaka RRH is among the facilities which are making a good progress; it has reached a 400-bed capacity facility for Maternal and the Child Health Services unit is nearing completion. The hospital also has a Call and Dispatch Centre for EMS services that are supported by KOFIH to ease communication and operations.
Butenga Health Centre IV in Bukomansimbi District has acquired a facility of a new block to house the male and female surgical wards and an accident and emergency ward, with support from KOFIH Uganda.
The officials have met with the district leadership of Kasese to assess the sector needs, putting emphasis on gaps in responding to epidemics and disasters such as floods.
Government is working on permanently resettling the Kilembe Mines hospital to a safer place after rivers Nyamwamba, Mubuku and Nyamugasani, burst their banks from the top of Mt. Rwenzori and destroyed the facility in May this year.
The teams have also held meetings with His Majesty Omukama Oyo Nyimba Kabamba, Queen Mother Best Kemigisa and technical teams from the Tooro Kingdom, and signed an MOU to facilitate the partnership on strengthening health service delivery in the region, mainly on preventive health care officials.
Cultural institutions are known to be appealing and they reach out to many people. They are a niche to enhance awareness for better health lifestyles and to curb ignorance.