The Commissioner for Nursing in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Enid Tumwebaze has called upon health workers to improve their documentation and information flow practices as one of the ways to improve health service delivery in Uganda.
Mrs. Tumwebaze was recently presiding over the graduation ceremony of 66 health workers who have been pursuing a Certificate Course in Health Service Management at the School of Public Health, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. This was the sixth intake since the course was designed.
├ö├ç┬úRight now the Ministry of Health is not scoring high, yet it seems that people are on the ground working hard. Documentation of whatever is being done needs to be strengthened. For example, immunisation is one area where documentation may be weak├ö├ç├ÿ, she noted.
She implored the trainees to be active in taking up such trainings as one way of exposing themselves to new concepts and opportunities. She said the course helps expose front-line health workers, both clinical and non-clinical to global drivers of change in the health sector. She added that the course should be recommended for all other key players in the health sector including media to help them understand health issues of priority concern.
While she encouraged the trainees to implement what they had learnt with open minds, she also reminded them that there is a lot of frustration among front line health managers who should be encouraged to hold onto their value systems and work ethics.
Representing the Dean School of Public Health, Dr. Freddie Ssengooba said that the course targets lower level health cadres to strengthen their management skills since they are the ones who run the services. He said the objective of the course is to ensure that the trainees meet the objectives and aspirations of the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Ssengooba said that the course is run on distance education model to ensure that the course participants do not abandon their workplaces.
He also announced that the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management which runs the course at the School of Public Health has received the green light to upgrade the course to diploma level.
The certificate award ceremony was also attended by the Course Coordinator Dr. Vincent Kawooya.