Records at the district health department indicate the facility has been receiving 17 Million Shillings every financial year, however, funding has now dropped to a meagre 7 million shillings in the last quarter.
The government has reduced funding for Primary Health Care-PHC activities
for Namukora Health Centre IV in Kitgum district.
PHC is the first level of contact between the community and health
workers. Activities implemented under PHC include education on prevailing
health problems and methods of preventing and controlling them, promotion of
proper nutrition and basic sanitation, maternal and child health care, family
planning, immunization against major infectious diseases and the provision of
Records at the district health department indicate the facility
has been receiving 17 Million Shillings every financial year, however, funding
has now dropped to a meagre 7 million shillings in the last quarter.
The Namukora Sub County councillor Kenneth Nyero Nyok-Cek Nyero
says that the reduction in funding is likely to worsen the delivery of health
care services. According to Nyero, the funding shortfall coupled with existing
challenges of drugs shortage and stock-outs, understaffing, inadequate
equipment is a setback to the facility that is used by patients from has a catchment
Pader, Agago and the neighbouring districts of Abim and Kaabong in Karamoja sub-region.
Jennifer Amono, the female councillor Pager and Central Division
say that they are yet to receive a communication from the health ministry about
the reduced funding.
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The Chairperson of the Health Management Unit, Ventorine Okello
Lakot says that the reduced funding has forced them to scale down on PHC activities
such as immunization outreaches, cleaning of units, equipment repair, security
guards and fuel for the ambulances.
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Okello says the facility used to compliment PHC activities with
the Result Based Funding (RBF); a token awarded to the facility over best
performance, however, the facility has not been receiving the money for the
past two financial years.
The Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer Martin Jacan
Gwoktoo acknowledges having received the concerns saying follow-ups are being
made with the line ministries of Finance and Health to ensure the anomaly is
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The District Health Officer Dr Alex Olwedo says that they have written to the Ministry of Health about the matter.