Ankole regional health workers receive COVID-19 training, blame makerere on fake results
Health workers in Ankole region have received COVID-19 knowledge from the Ministry of Health and Seed Global Health Uganda in partnership with Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital as a teaching hospital in Mbarara.
The training which kicked off on Monday till Friday June 19,2020 left district health workers equipped with skills on COVID-19 case management and surveillance.
It was traversed in 12 districts of; Sheema, Isingiro, Ibanda, Rwampara Buhweju, Kazo and elsewhere.
Emmanuel Chule from Seed Global Health Uganda in charge of logistics Mbarara region says the Ministry of Health provided facilitation for trainers while Seed Global Health Uganda is giving in logistics in terms of refreshments and transport allowances for the trainees.
Emmanuel revealed that over shs15 million was spent on the COVID-19 training in 12 districts of Ankole region.
He adds that the same trainings were extended to Lira region and plans are on to be rolled out in the entire country.
Mr. Emmanuel says that the partnership with the Ministry of Health is to ensure that health workers are being prepared properly in position to handle emerging cases related to COVID-19 within the whole country.
According to Dr Simpson Nuwamanya, a public health expert at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH), trainees were taken through case management, infection control and surveillance.
He says the aim of the training is to decentralize management of COVID-19 cases at the lower health facilities in the country.
He emphasized that Uganda is likely to live with COVID-19 for some good time like any other country in the world.
He therefore says that the centre of focus will now be on community surveillance to ensure that the chain of infection can be discovered and managed well.
Through innovation, Dr. Nuwamanya also revealed that the Ministry of Health is designing a mobile application that will quickly help to track all contacts in the communities.
He also encouraged active surveillance of health workers and communities getting used to the health measures which were earlier put across by the ministry of health.
Vincent Mugisha, the principal health inspector of Ibanda appealed Makerere laboratory to sort out its system before releasing wrong results to the clients.
He called for research on health workers who got infected from the disease in Kampala while treating patients before others start fearing positive patients in the country.
He also encouraged more health trainings to equip health workers with skills to manage new outbreaks.
Since March 2020, Ibanda district has taken over 136 samples to Uganda Virus Research Institute but with no any case testing positive while at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital over 14 cases admitted from districts of Isingiro and Ntungamo.
Out of 14 cases so far over 8 patients were discharged and one Kenyan repatriated back to his country. However, the referral facility is currently battling with 6 COVID-19 cases.
Aaron Ainomugisha, editorial https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3