Kibaale district COVID 19 taskforce is grappling with the increasing number of COVID 19 infections since the second wave of COVID 19 hit the country and as a result, maternal and child health care services have been hampered with.
Dr. James Asiimwe the acting District Health Officer Kibaale district says that the district Health Team has continued to register high numbers of positive cases and that the positivity rate has also remained high despite the fact that people are in lockdown something he attributes to high numbers of COVID cases in the community.
James says that the district has accumulative of 211 positive cases with 11 being Health workers at Kibaale Health Centre IV.
Dr James said this during an engagement meeting with the Pathfinder International and the District COVID-19 task force who supported the districts in ensuring that Maternal Child Health services continue during the COVID-19 in Kibaale district as directed by the Ministry of Health.
“After Lockdown, most essential services were hampered and therefore, Pathfinder International our Implementing Partner came and did a survey for us in most facilities in the district and presented a report to us showing how we were fairing on health indicators. They helped us to identify some gaps that the District Health Team is now working on” Said Dr James.
Deborah Mbabazi the Resident District Commissioner Kibaale said that the pandemic has caused psycho-social negative impacts like depression where some COVID 19 patients have decided to end their lives.
“We have cases of suicide and therefore people need to be approached with love and care. Let us put on a human face during the implementation of the Satndard operating procedures” Said Deborah
Christopher Arineitwe the Pathfinder National Family Planning Policy Advisor Said that they conducted an assessment from five Health Centers of Maisuka HCIII, Kyebandi HCIII, St. Luke Bujuni, Mugarama HCIII and Kibaale HCIV all in Kibaale district to ascertain whether the set Standard Operating Procedures by the Ministry of Health were being adhered to as essential services continue.
Christopher said that Pathfinder International helped the district taskforce in doing an assessment on how essential services can continue amidst the lock down especially Maternal, Child Health services.
Dr Robert Mutumba, a Principal medical officer in the Reproductive Health Division at Ministry of Health says that after the first lockdown, there was a gross violation of the measures set to curb the spread of the pandemic something that has caused the increase in infections.
Dr. Robert says that there need to strengthen the pillar of psycho-social support to all the people in the communities including the Health workers who risk their lives in securing lives of the patients.
Dr. James Asiimwe cautioned all health workers in Kibaale district to ensure that Maternal Child Health services continue despite the challenges caused by the lockdown and the pandemic.
Pathfinder International partnering with government of Uganda through Ministry of Health is supporting Kibaale District to strengthen Maternal, Child health care and Family planning services in Kibaale district.
Pathfinder International is also supporting other 10 districts of Uganda in promoting Maternal, Child health care and Family planning services.
These districts are including Kibaale, Ntoroko, Kyenjojo, Rakai, Butambala, Kyegegwa, Kyankwanzi, Gomba, Bundibugyo, Buliisa and Kiryandongo.