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Provide New Options for Strengthening Support Supervision in the Health Sector- Minister Kawooya

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Hon. Anifa Kawooya the state Minister of Health has implored health stakeholders to provide new options for strengthening support supervision in the health sector, which is currently not well conducted.
“The supervision in most places is irregular, poorly documented and lacks follow-up on issues emerging from the supervision conducted. We need to have supervision that holds all stakeholders accountable and with clear course of direction on the measures to be taken to address the identified gaps” Kawooya highlighted.
The State Minister made these remarks while officiating the 9th Annual National Healthcare Quality Improvement Conference in Kampala on Tuesday.
The Minister also revealed that the government of Uganda under Government to Government funding aims at transforming the regional referral hospitals into centers of excellence to provide oversight support to districts and urban authorities in their respective areas and she called upon everybody in the health sector to embrace this development so that it is implemented in a systematic manner that facilitates sustainably and effective delivery of quality services in the country.

Minister Kawooya during the launch


With this year’s edition being held under the theme “Supervision, Coaching, Mentorship and Monitoring for a resilient health system: The Role of Quality Improvement, the Minister urged the leadership of regional referral hospitals allover the country to support general hospitals and health center IV’s to manage better the medical and surgical emergences to minimize unjustified referrals that are causing undue overcrowding with patients in most regional referrals.
“Effective implementation of quality improvement interventions at the different levels of health service delivery, can be seen as a driver towards change for an improved referral mechanism in the national health system in Uganda” she highlighted.
In her speech delivered by Dr. Henry Mwebesa the Director General Health Services, Diana Atwiine the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health emphasized on the issue of supervision and documentation highlighting that this is the only assured way of improving the quality of health services around the country.
The Permanent Secretary also tasked all Hospital Directors around the country to monitor the performance of their doctors and nurses because lately they don’t deliver to their expectations.
“You asked for salary enhancements and it was worked upon, if you cant work simply get out and we shall replace you with someone who can work, going forward we are going to be more serious, either perform or get out” she articulated.

Minister Kawooya speaking at the launch


Atwiine also warned those health workers who seek illegal charges from patients to stop it immediately because when they land on them it will be over for them.
Dr. Yayi Alfred the director Jinja regional referral hospital noted that the caution of the Permanent Secretary on the performance and quality of service delivery is right because health workers are paid a lot of money to deliver their services to Ugandans.
“The Director General is on spot and I strongly support what he said.. us at Jinja hospital we already have mechanisms for supervising duty attendance and service delivery in general, I’m happy” Yayi added.
On behalf of the World Health Organization, Dr, Siraji noted that they are committed to continue providing technical support to the Health Ministry in establishing sustainable leadership and governance mechanisms for quality health care initiatives across the country.
This three-day conference aims at sharing new Quality Improvement innovations in the management and delivery of health services, mobilizing for support resources from leaders and financing actors towards improvement of the health care and highlighting policy issues and ideas for building resilient and sustainable delivery of quality health care.
The Minister also launched the online Quality Improvement material and training guide to improve on the work of health workers.

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