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HEALTH SKILLS GAP IN UGANDA WILL BE BRIDGED THROUGH CLINICAL MENTORSHIP OF HEALTH WORKERS AND ENGAGING TEACHING INSTITUTIONS-DR DIANA ATWINE

By Goodluck Musinguzi

Seven Consultant NGO/CSO implementing mentorship programs in Uganda’s Health Sector have presented their progress reports on the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health(RMNCAH) done in different regions to the Ministry of Health in Kampala. The improvement in health service delivery has more than doubled in the targeted thematic areas.

Dr. Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health while receiving the reports said mentoring of the human resource is one of the best decisions taken by the government because it’s critical for the sector.

“Thanks for accepting to work with us and achieving these results. We want to improve utilization of essential health services with a focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services in target districts so that we improve quality of care and services”, Dr Diana said.

She asked the implementing partners of clinical mentorship to make sure the skills acquired are entrenched so that it comes a way of life after the project has come to the end.

Dr. Daniel Murokora, the Reproductive Health Advisor said clinical mentorship is going to scale up birth and death registration services, strengthen disease outbreak preparedness and responses.

“Our main goal has been to improve clinical skills and competence of health workers to provide high-quality clinical care in reproductive maternal neonatal child and adolescent health”, Dr. Murokora said.

He said the components of the RMNCAH mentoring package include emergency obstetric, essential newborn care and care of the sick newborn, safe cesarean section, safe obstetric anesthesia, adolescent health, post-abortion care, postpartum family planning, and other cross-cutting issues.

Sustainable Development Systems Africa(SDS) was contracted to mentor health workers in Mid-Northern Uganda where over 1124 cadres were given different skills, trained 25 medical officers,52 obstetric anaesthesia, 64 midwives, and nurses.

Samasha was contracted for Busoga and Bukedi regions said best practices in Busoga have improved tremendously.

Meeting with the Department of Obstetrics at the Jinja Regional Referral Hospital to discuss issues of the referral system at the Jinja RRH.

Supervisory visit to Health Facilities to assess the implementation and progress of the mentorship.  The visits involve reviewing the maternity registers, quality improvement projects, MPDSR reports, and assessing for the availability of job aids among others.

Formed WhatsApp group for district mentors to facilitate communication and reporting on Mentorship

Meeting with Regional RMNCAH Implementing Partners e.g Rhites EC to engage and leverage the expertise of the other Implementing partners within Busoga and Bukedi regions.

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