Dr Atwine: West Nile Tour Focused on Strengthening Maternal, Child Health Service Delivery

High ranking Health Ministry officials are touring health facilities in West Nile to strengthen service delivery in the area, Chimp Corps report.

“We have been in West Nile to do some support supervision,” said Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Dr Diana Atwine on Tuesday afternoon.

“We are not only looking at infrastructure, but also participating in an immunization campaign against cholera,” she added.

In Madiokolo, the officials took part in the immunization campaign.

The facility undergoing renovation

In Arua, the officials visited staff of Arua Hospital where they discussed issues relating to maternal and child health service delivery.

“We are focusing mainly on strengthening the referral systems – how the lower units can do their part and let referrals do their specialized role,” said Atwine.

She said the Ministry remains keen on reducing maternal and child mortality because of late referral or failure of lower units to do their part.

The Ministry’s intends to reduce maternal mortality rate to 320 maternal deaths per 100,000 by 2019/20, as outlined in Uganda’s Health Sector Development Plan 2015/16–2019/20.

The interior of the refurbished Yumbe hospital

In Koboko, Atwine’s team met district representatives to discuss ways of strengthening maternal health services in the region.

The officials also visited Yumbe Hospital which is being refurbished.

“The works on renovating Yumbe hospital are ongoing. It is excellent work,” said Atwine.

Yumbe Hospital will be upgraded to a Regional Referral.

“Progress is at 97% and will be completed in December 2020 after the ongoing installation of furniture & equipment. The works also cover 38 staff housing units for accommodation,” said Atwine.

Yumbe Hospital is planned to decongest Arua in Westnile by handling referrals from Lamwo, Moyo, Obongi, Yumbe, Koboko and others in Acholi.

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