According to health workers in private health facilities, the training that has been carried out by the health ministry only benefitted a few health workers leaving. The medics say most of them did not get a face to face training but rather received guidelines on how to handle COVID-19 patients on social media site Watsapp
health workers want the health ministry to carry out more COVID-19
infection, prevention and control training sessions as the number of
positive cases increases. According
to health workers in private health facilities, the training that has
been carried out by the health ministry only benefited a few health
workers. The medics say most of them did not get face to face training
but rather received guidelines on how to handle COVID-19 patients on
social media site Watsapp.
The medics now say with the rise in infection numbers, more training is needed because they are at risk of being infected.
Micheal Kiwanuka, a doctor at Goodlife Clinic in Namasuba says that he has never received any kind of training.
were told we were being trained in August and up to today, I have never
received any kind of training. Everyday I see more than 10 patients. I
am now scared with the rise numbers in numbers," said Dr. Kiwanuka.
Ssali, the executive director of the Uganda Healthcare Federation says
health workers in private health facilities face a danger of being
exposed to COVID-19 yet majority of them have never received any kind of
Ssali says that many people working in hospitals rely on public health messages to know what is happening.
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call for trainings come at a time when the number of COVID-19
infections in the country are on the rise with an average of 1,300 new
cases and deaths reported every week. The rise in cases has exposed
health workers with 560 reported infections among health workers.
says that the lack of enough training has left many members of staff in
hospitals at risk. Similarly, Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza, the secretary
general of the Uganda Medical Association says the lack of training is
leading to poorly trained health workers to being exposed to the
"The issue of health
care infections is a complex one that can be traced back to health
workers not knowing how to use personal protective wear. They have it
but are not using it. Some of them do not even have any experience
working with infectious diseases. They do not know what to do and need
all the help they can get," he said.
to Ssali, less than 1000 health workers have received any kind of
training compared to a total number of over 4,000 health workers
employed in Kampala Metropolitan. Saali says they want government to
help them transfer this information to a format that will make sense to
all health workers.
s need to simplify this information in posters and infographics for
easy understanding and reference. We have been pleading for help with
this for the last four months but everyone is still focusing on public
facilities, " said Ssali.
health ministry has put a lot of emphasis in managing COVID-19 around
on public facilities. Dr. Charles Olaro, the director of clinical
services at the health ministry says they are working towards involving
private health facilities with COVID-19 care. He says they have begun
accrediting hospitals and training health workers on how to handle the
are looking at some private facilities that have applied but even with
those ones. Our training policy is to train some health workers who then
go and train their colleagues. We cannot afford to hire a hall and
invite all health workers in the country to come and undergo training,"
said Dr. Olaro.
According to doctors, at the
time the health ministry carried out trainings, Uganda had less than
5,000 recorded cases of COVID-19. Today over 8,000 cases have been
recorded. Dr. Andrew Ssekitoleko, the executive director of Lubaga
Hospital says that more training in needed to handle the rising numbers
of the disease.
"The one off training we received was not
enough. We were trained more than three months ago and in this time the
disease has changed. It keeps on changing and health workers need to
know these changes to better protect themselves," he said.