The meeting was held at Bufunjo sub county council hall in Kyenjojo district on 30th/January/2018 to discuss challenges identified in health sector(poor infrastructure, lack of maternity, lack of fence, late coming and early departure of health workers, limited water at Bufunjo health centre III, lack of stuff house, poor health facilities especially in women ward, lack of beds ) The forum leader presented the issues before duty bearers and allowed citizens to add on what was on the issue paper.
“We welcome duty bearers and everyone for turning up in big numbers, as ToroDev we organize such platforms for elected duty bearers to interface with citizens where community pressing issues are identified and shared and then expect leaders/duty bearers to give feedback and way forward”. Said Amanya Sheila M&E officer ToroDev. Sheila further said on addition to the available platforms ToroDev use to inform and engage duty bearers, an e-participation system called “ME and My Leader” (MML) that uses a pre-paid SMS and internet has been developed where citizens can participate by giving their opinions on service delivery issues from their communities.
“We appreciate the organizers for giving us this opportunity to hear the concerns of citizens and find a way forward for example we plan to work hand in hand with forum members to address the challenge of late coming and early departure of health workers we promise to start visiting the health centre and hold meetings with the staff by February 2018“. Said Hon. Nkamwesiga Novia vice chair person LCIII.
“We still have challenges of underfunding by the government at Bufunjo health centre III that’s why we have some challenges of poor infrastructure, lack of maternity,lack of fence etc we request advocacy forum and duty bearers to lobby for us ”. Said Dr,Ngonzi in charge Bufunjo health centre III
- Two hundred (200) citizens attended including HUMC members , LC III, district women and youth councilors, sub county chief, in charge Bufunjo HCIII, media etc
- Key challenges affecting health sector in Bufunjo subcounty presented to duty bearers to provide solutions
- Acton plan developed.
Some of the action point derived from the meeting includes ; to advocate for Kataraka HCII to be promoted to HCIII and Bufunjo HCIII to IV. This will be done through writing a petition by Bufunjo people forum to Kyenjojo district leadership with the help of sub county chief, in charge, health management committee members and citizens. By March 2018,
In charge to always call health management committees, sub county chief, OC for drug witnessing during delivery time. Effective march 2018.
Health workers should always be at the health unit as early as 8: 00am and register in the arrival book .This will under the control of in charge and HUMC members.Effective February 2018
LCII to form village water source committee in their respective villages such that they can follow up shallow wells which are not working.This will be through the control of parish chief,LCI chairpersons and citizens.Effective February2018.
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