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Monitor healthcare centres

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By George Bush Komakech

Posted  Friday, December 13  2013 at  02:00

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Although many people might argue that with the collapse of the public health services the clinics are the best option, in my view, as much as they help, there should be regulations on how they operate ; clearly describing what they should and should not do.

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Among the UN Millennium Development goals, goal six is geared “To combat HIV/Aids, malaria, and other diseases” and in my understanding, I would think this means coming up with a well-managed functioning health sector by 2015.

Unless Uganda has its own list of development goals it is working towards, amends must be made in the way the medical sector is regulated and managed.
Yesterday I took my sister to a nearby clinic in Kireka because we could not rush her to a ‘better’ health centre.

When we consulted the attendant who identified herself as a nurse ‘musawo’, my sister was diagnosed with ‘little’ malaria (as she described it) and typhoid. To which effect she prescribed a long list of medicine which were meant to be the remedy for the malaria and typhoid. The bill amounted to Shs77, 500.

I did not fully trust the laboratory results from the two-roomed health care facility. I decided to go to a larger health centre where the same tests were done and negative results were obtained. And surprisingly, she was diagnosed with Ulcers not malaria. I am sure that this happens every day across the country; with people receiving wrong diagnosis and treatment.

Although many people might argue that with the collapse of the public health services the clinics are the best option, in my view, as much as they help, there should be regulations on how they operate ; clearly describing what they should and should not do.

For example, they can help in administering first aid to domestic and other less complicated accidents before one is taken to the hospital.

They may also help in selling unexpired prescription drugs such that we can buy from them the drugs that we might not receive from the hospitals.

These two roomed health care centres should be regulated against performing any lab test and other services which they now offer.

George Bush Komakech,
georgebushkom@gmail.com