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Richard Musisi, the Executive Director MADIPHA, says reports from their group members indicate that many are still finding it hard to access healthcare due to different impairments, something that worsens their vulnerability.
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Associations of Persons with Disability-PWDs in Greater Masaka sub region are courting health services providers to protect the rights of PWD patients when they approach them.

The campaign, which is led by Masaka Association of Disabled Persons Living with HIV/AIDS-MADIPHA, is aimed at ensuring that all PWDs have full access to healthcare support in their areas. 

  Richard Musisi, the Executive Director MADIPHA, says reports from their group members indicate that many are still finding  it hard to access healthcare due to different impairments, something that worsens their vulnerability.

Musisi says the situation is worse with complicated ailments like HIV, Tuberculosis-TB and Cancers among others, which require high levels of expertise that can’t accesses from private clinics.

  He says they have resorted to engaging health workers, community volunteers and administrators of public facilities such that they can support and defend the rights of PWD patients by fully integrating them into the health support system. 

He says they intend to create voluntary PWD right ambassadors within the health service sector who will create a conducive environment for PWDs and eventually save their lives.

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Musisi says they are also imploring health workers to public health facilities to help them compile clear data about PWDS and their respective needs, which he says will complement efforts of lobbying government and other relevant authorities to effectively consider them during planning and preferably give them special interventions.

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  Betty Nakasagga, the In-charge of Butenga Health Centre in Bukomansimbi district acknowledges the bottlenecks in the health services system that are still holding back PWDs access to health services. 

According to Nakasagga, some of the bottlenecks have been found to be managerial that result from attitude, lack of skills and equipment among others, which she says can gradually be fixed through such engagements with the affected persons and duty bearer. 

Isabella Nyirazihawe, the In-charge of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital TB ward appreciates the intervention, saying it will save many unattended PWD patients that have been abandoned in the communities. 

She explains that it isn’t easy to track PWD patients in their registers because there is not specific provision for them.  

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