Top officials from the Ministry of Health are carrying out a technical support supervision of Health services in Lango Sub Region to strengthen service delivery in the northern part of Uganda.
Led by Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, the officials include the accounting officer, Dr Diana Atwine and the Director General Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa.
The officials are expected to assess the situation on the ground to inform planning and prioritize urgent matters as per the findings.
While speaking at Amach Health Centre IV, Dr Aceng appealed to health workers to serve the population with determination “but most importantly ensure a very clean Hospital environment.”
She said medical personnel must be cognizant of the possibility of high levels of infection of patients if their premises were untidy.
On her part, Dr Atwine said the Health sector leadership is determined to end maternal mortality.
On COVID-19 prevention, she asked health workers to maintain a high level of vigilance while handling all patients.
“Assume that everyone around you has COVID-19,” said Atwine, adding, “That’s why all health workers need to have PPE on while on duty.”
While touring Agur Health Centre IV in Lira District, Dr Mwebesa urged health workers to attend to patients at all times.
He was impressed that health workers were attending to patients who all had their face masks on to prevent COVID-19.
At Aromo Health Centre III, Mwebesa promised health workers that the maternity ward will be quickly rehabilitated to stop mothers from travelling longer journeys seeking reproductive services.
Dr Mwebesa said the Health Ministry team is assessing health service delivery performance, meeting the various technical and political leadership for performance review and assess the Covid-19 response as well as ensure community engagement and dialogue.
Dr Aceng confirmed that the exercise comprises “assessment of infrastructure, interaction with health workers and district leadership to improve health services.”
Dr Atwine noted that meetings with health workers are involved, together with other stakeholders in the sub region.
Last year, Ministry of Health conducted support technical Supervision in Kigezi Sub Region and also the Bunyoro Sub Region. Kigezi sub region has a very difficult terrain whereas the Bunyoro sub Region is busy with oil and gas related activities which attract high demand for Health services.
According to Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson, such support services and supervision will be conducted in all other referral hospitals as well, around the country.
The exercise will go on for the entire week. As of now, health centres including, Agur HC IV, Amoro HC III and Amach HC IV have been supported and inspected.