NTUNGAMO- The Ntungamo District Woman Member of Parliament, Hon Beatrice Rwakimaari has challenged government rejuvenate and equip all Health Centre IIs which have remained closed for more than six years after their construction across the country as the only way to reduce health related challenges from the grass root level.
Hon Rwakimaari says that health related challenges like infant and maternity rates would remain high in the country if the government does not come out to lift a ban on the operations of these facilities.
The legislator adds that most of the population travel long distances to seek medication at health centre IIIs even for the cases that would be handled at Health center IIs.
“Inorder to reduce congestion and pressure on health centre IIIs, there should be a need to rejuvenate the lower health units in the areas where they exist which will enable the public to seek medical and treatment early enough thus improving drug adherence” says Rwakimaari.
According to Rwakimaari who is also a member of the parliamentary Health committee, drug resistance and non adherence could have been prevented if first aid treatment had been available at parish level before referring people to a bigger hospital.
Rwakimaari was speaking at the commissioning of Kiziba Health Centre II in Kiziba ward Nyakyera Town council which has been non functional for more than six years after its construction due to the government’s policy of phasing out HCIIs to upgrade HCIIIs in the country.
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Located in a hilly area, the facility built in the 2014/2015 financial year will serve villages of Bituntu, Kinengo, Kyaruhaya, Kayanga among others who have been trekking many hills to Nyakyeera HCIII.
Hon Rwakimaari asked leaders at all levels to cooperate and be supportive in order to utilize every opportunity from the government instead of engaging selfish politics.
“I want to assure you that my role will be to facilitate the health workers who will be staying at the health facility until the government recruits the permanent ones to ensure service delivery” she added.
Augustine Kashaija representing Nyakyera Sub County thanked Hon Rwakimaari for being concerned about the health of her constituents to equip Kiziba health centre II and pleaded with the community to take good care of the facility and also assist health workers posted there in their work.
The Nyakyera sub county and town council chairperson Nganwa Kenneth Rubatuhuura said that good health is vital to enable people realize their dreams saying that it was very difficult for the community especially expectant mothers to seek medical at Nyakyera health III.