DR.ATWINE WARNS HEALTH WORKERS AGAINST ABSENTISM

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Uganda has consistently performed poorly in Maternal Mortality rate now at 440 deaths per 100,000 live births. A recent study indicates that one out of 49 women in Uganda will most likely die of Pregnancy complication.
In bid to reduce maternal mortality rate, Ministry of Health is embarking on continuous Monitoring and evaluation of all Government Health-Centres and Hospitals to bridge gaps within and during service delivery.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr. Diana Atwine says the digitalized log in and out system which will help Monitor Health Workers who absentee themselves from duty without official communication.
Atwine was addressing Health workers at Masaka Regional Referral Hospital. She noted that Doctors at all health Centres and Hospitals have neglected their roles in Hospitals leaving nurses to write referrals for patients in critical conditions.
Atwine says introduction of the digitalized system will help in knowing the number of days a health worker has turned up for work in a month
The Director Masaka Regional referral Hospital Dr Nathan Onyekki asserts that the hospital embarked on strengthening the health system with training 464 Health workers on Emergency Medical Services in Partnership with Korea Foundation for International Health Care.
The Ministry of Health is expanding Masaka Referral Regional Hospital with a Capacity of over 400 patient beds.
The Hospital also received computers to store all patients’ data in bid to get rid of log books during hospital visits.
Dr. Onyekki noted that since 2017 to-date general reduction of number of cases in OPD reduced by 16:4% and Paediatric OPD by 43:6%. This is attributed to the reduction of prevalence of malaria infection.
The Permanent Secretary also visited Butenge Health Centre IV in Bukomasimbi District.

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