Ministry of Health Officials Inspect Upcountry Health Facilities to assess readiness for COVID-19 outbreak

Ministry of Health intensify facility inspection to get them ready for the deadly disease

The Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng and the Permanent Secretary Dr. Diana Atwine have concluded a week tour of Upcountry health facilities to assess how ready they are in regard to COVID-19 outbreak.

Hon. Jane Aceng visited Arua District to meet the District Task Force to assess the COVID-19 Response in West Nile Region.

“This is a time for unity, team work, sacrifice, hard work, selflessness and a time for no politics” she said to the team.

Dr. Aceng also met nurse Doris from Idiofe Health Centre III- the nurse who wheeled a patient from the HC III to Arua RRH for treatment on a wheelchair.
She applauded the nurse for her selfless work and commitment to save lives.

Yesterday, as part of her support supervision visit to assess COVID-19 response, Dr. Diana Atwine and a team from Ministry of Health visited Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. The hospital is well equipped with ventilators and oxygen cylinders to manage COVID-19 patients.

Currently, there are NO COVID-19 patients at the hospital.

Dr. Atwine and team later visited Kikagate point of entry in Isingiro district to assess the response.

Security officers have beefed up security to curb illegal crossings.

“We shall provide 10 motorcycles and a vehicle to enhance monitoring of the borders by security,” Dr Atwine said.

The team also visited Mirama Hills point of entry. This point of entry receives cargo from 4 countries; Burundi, Rwanda, DRC and Tanzania. In order to address the issue of staff accommodation at the port health facility, Dr Atwine noted that a permanent structure will be constructed to house the health workers.

Dr Diana Atwine continued the ministry’s support supervision for the COVID-19 response at Points of Entry.

The team inspected Kabale and Kisoro Hospitals as well as Katuna, Bunagana and Kyanika borders, identified key gaps for urgent attention.

Border health is one of the biggest priorities to focus on for us to succeed in this war. It has actually caused more worries amongst the population but the ministry is doing their best and have trust in God to lead us through.

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